Better data inspires better outcomes
Older adults (those age 55 and older) are the fastest growing demographic in Central Indiana. Approximately 20,000 individuals in Central Indiana reach the age of 60 every year. By the year 2030, one in every five residents will be over the age of 65.
To enhance the ability of older adults to live and thrive in Central Indiana, it is important to understand the population trends, notable changes, and basic needs of this growing demographic. To this end, the Central Indiana Senior Fund (CISF) is partnering with The Polis Center at IUPUI (Polis), IU Center for Aging Research (IUCAR), and IU Public Policy Institute’s (PPI) Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy to develop the annual State of Aging in Central Indiana Report.
This project helps to generate transformative ideas that address the unique and diverse needs of older adults in Central Indiana. It aims to provide actionable information and inspire community leaders, decision-makers, senior-serving organizations, and philanthropic organizations to envision potential programs, funding, and policies that will help Central Indiana seniors have equal opportunity for a healthy, dignified, and enjoyable life.
Through this annual report, CISF seeks to answer the following questions, among others:
- What are emerging trends and issues related to older adults in Central Indiana?
- Are the basic needs of older adults in Central Indiana being met?
- Is Central Indiana a good place to grow old? What initiatives are needed to make Central Indiana a better place for older adults?
- How can CISF and its partners have the best impact on the lives of older adults and particularly the most vulnerable seniors
To address these questions, this project uses quantitative and qualitative data analysis to understand the older adult population, the communities in which they live, and the organizations that serve them. It reveals lived experiences and the assets and opportunities encountered by older adults in Central Indiana.