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Trust company hosts ‘Aging in Place’ program

By Staff | Jan 29, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Jeff Muddell with speaker Andrea Sieradzki, campus director of Gulf Coast Village, Robin L. Cook and Steve Greenstein.

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company recently hosted the first of its 2020 Speaker Series entitled, “Aging in Place & Long-Term Care,” with Gulf Coast Village Campus Director Andrea Sieradzki.

Sieradzki noted some serious statistics, such as 10,000 people turn 65 every day, and the fastest growing age group is now 100-plus years of age. Southwest Florida has 125,000 seniors over the age of 80. What it means for residents is: Lee County has a shortage of skilled nursing facilities; there is a caregiver shortage; Medicare is short-term and seven out of 10 (65-plus year-olds) will need long term care at some point. Not to mention that healthcare costs rise 5 percent to 12 percent annually.

“Older Americans are very likely to need long-term care, but want to stay in their homes, rather than transition to a community,” she said. “We understand that if you live on the beautiful islands of Sanibel and Captiva, you’d want to stay here as long as possible.”

Gulf Coast Village is one of several living options in Southwest Florida, under the Volunteers of America umbrella. Sieradzki highlighted another under Volunteers of America, Senior Choice at Home. The in-home care program accepts relatively healthy people beginning at age 60 in anticipation that members will need it down the road. A personal care coordinator is partnered with each member to develop and execute a care plan tailored to their needs.

“Joining at a younger age helps you create a thorough plan for your future,” she said. “There is no time like the present, because today you are as young and healthy as you will ever be.”

For more information, visit www.sancaptrustco.com/2020speakerseries.