Utah Commission on Aging Annual Reports
Taking Care of Our Seniors: An Assessment of Utah’s Aging Services
This report was produced for the Mountainlands Association of Governments by the Utah Foundation.
The oldest Baby Boomers turn seventy this year. Though Utah is known as a young state, older adults represent more than ten percent of the population, and their numbers are increasing rapidly. Though there have been initiatives in the past, there is currently no state plan to address the needs of thegrowing senior population.
This report describes some of the most critical services that the state's twelve Area Agencies on Aging offer to seniors, including nutrition programs, caregiver services, and transportation. The report analyzes these services and anticipates future funding needs required to meet the projected changes in this demographic.
Senior Housing Report
The Commission’s study of senior housing options resulted in the publication of New Trends in Housing Inside: The Story of Music and Memory" documenting the dramatic results of the Music & Memory℠ program, created by Dan Cohen. This proven program using personalized playlists of favorite songs loaded on iPODS reawakens memory in people suffering with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical disabilities.