Senior citizens are important to Columbia's quality of life. The City of Columbia supports a variety of programs and provides services to older citizens, and the City is working to expand both the number and quality of services available.
Two programs are available to all older residents in Columbia:
The Monroe County Y offers a variety of recreation programs that promote health & wellness through their Active Older Adults (AOA) program. Contact Marge Francois at (618) 281-9622 for more information.
Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council offers a variety of regular activities, including meals, speakers and special events, through the Columbia Senior Center. Contact: Pat Stumpf at the Center, (618) 281-7414 for more information.
Review of Senior Services
Increased life expectancy is resulting in record numbers of people aged 65 and older. While this age group represented only 13% of the U.S. population in 2000, it will comprise about 21% of the population in 2030. The group expected to grow most rapidly in the next 30 years is the one aged 85 years and older. What does this demographic shift mean for Columbia in the future?
Members of the Columbia Plan Commission recently undertook a community assessment to focus upon the Columbia community and its readiness for the impact of an aging population upon various aspects of community life. Columbia was one of eight local communities in the Metro East that used assessment tools provided by the Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois.
To review a copy of the final assessment report, click here.