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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: April 11, 2016


NEW CASTLE (April 11, 2016) - The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services' Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities will seek public comment on its proposed State Plan on Aging for the period of October 2016 through September 2020.

The state plan has been developed to meet requirements under Title III and Title VII of the Older Americans Act. The act provides funding for a variety of programs and services for older Delawareans and their caregivers, including supportive services, nutrition programs, disease prevention and health promotion initiatives, elder rights protection activities and caregiver support programs.

The state's four hearings, one in each county and Wilmington, will provide an opportunity for the public to offer comments and suggestions on the plan. The schedule is:

A copy of the draft plan may be obtained by following the links on the division's website at: dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsaapd/index.html

The older population in Delaware, as in the rest of the nation, is growing quickly. Currently, about one in five Delawareans is 60 or older. By 2020, that age group will make up one-fourth of the state's population, or more than 250,000 people. That same year, the population consisting of the "oldest old" (individuals age 85 and older) is projected to have grown by 147.5 percent since 2000.

"In order to support more of Delaware's seniors who want to age safely and with dignity in their homes, we must increase services in the community for them and their caregivers," DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf said. "For those individuals who require a higher level of care, we also must continue to meet their needs. We welcome the public's input on this plan to build on existing services and supports, and to leverage new services as the marketplace and funding allow."

The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities will use the strategies in the State Plan on Aging to address the growing and changing needs of older Delawareans and persons with disabilities.

The 2016-2020 State Plan on Aging focuses on such initiatives as:

Comments and suggestions on the Draft State Plan on Aging will also be accepted until the close of business on Monday, April 30:

By phone: 800-223-9074.
By mail: DSAAPD Planning Unit, Department of Health and Social Services, 1901 N. DuPont Highway, Main Administration Building, First Floor Annex, New Castle, DE 19720
By email: DelawareADRC@delaware.gov
By fax: 302-255-4445

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.