Fall Prevention

Slips and falls now rank as the leading cause of injury death among people aged 65 and older. Missouri’s rate of injury by falling is 31 percent higher than the national average. The good news is that falls are preventable.

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Economic Stability

Many older adults are struggling to meet their monthly expenses, even though they’re not considered “poor” because they live above the Federal Poverty Line. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) provides resources for care management to improve identification of available resources.

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Senior Fund Background and Purpose

Following the successful Seniors Count public advocacy campaign, the St. Louis City Senior Fund, (The Fund) was created by the November 2016 passage of Proposition S. This empowers the City of St. Louis to levy and collect a property tax of five cents per hundred dollars of valuation, “for the purpose of providing services to persons sixty years of age or older.”[1] The city ordinance further provides for a seven-person Board of Directors (the Board) who, “shall use the funds in the Senior Citizen’s Services Fund to provide programs which will improve the health, nutrition, and quality of life of persons who are sixty years of age or older.”

Vision

The Board’s vision is for the City of St. Louis to become an “age-friendly” city where seniors can age in place. Needs assessment data[2] obtained from older adults and senior service providers during the Seniors Count effort was collected and then summarized to align the Board’s efforts with this vision. The Board is committed to distributing funds to meet the needs of older adults in the community by investing in providers who utilize evidence-based research.

 

[1] City of St. Louis Ordinance Number 70314

[2] Cynthia Berry, Tables for Provider Surveys, Seniors Count, St. Louis Needs Assessment, 2017