The federal Administration on Aging (AoA) has approved Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) new State Plan on Aging and is now available for viewing at the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) website. The new State Plan covers the period October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2012 and will serve as the Department's strategic planning document for aging constituents for the next four years.

"The challenges and opportunities that we face in the coming four years are significant," said Vince Meconi, Secretary, Delaware Health and Social Services. "Delaware's older population is increasing rapidly and will continue to soar as the baby boomers reach retirement age. At the same time, Delaware's many attractive features have made it a popular retirement destination for many out-of-state seniors."

The State Plan on Aging focuses on Delaware's vision for developing structures to respond to the needs of the aging population. Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) developed the plan with input from many organizations around the State such as senior centers, service providers, hospitals, long term care facilities, and others.

"Older Delawareans are an asset to our State, as employees, volunteers, caregivers, mentors, and in the many other ways that they contribute to the strength of our communities," explained Guy Perrotti, Director, Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). "As the population ages though, we must be prepared to provide services and supports for those older persons in greatest need."

The goals and objectives presented in the plan highlight the importance of collaboration among the many agencies and organizations in Delaware's aging network. Much work needs to be done as we continue to prepare for the aging of the baby boom generation. We look forward to working with partner agencies in the years ahead to ensure that our State is ready to respond to the needs of our oldest citizens.

The Planning Unit has also begun to work on DSAAPD's first-ever State Plan for Adults with Physical Disabilities. Though not required by any oversight body, this plan too will serve as a valid strategic planning document.

Please take some time to view the new State Plan on Aging online

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

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Jay Lynch, Communications Director
Delaware Health and Social Services

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