Older Adults Living Independently

Missouri Senior Report
The Missouri Senior Report is a critical, reliable, data-driven resource on issues concerning the senior population. The indicators, gathered in partnership with over a dozen state agencies and organizations, provide essential context for senior advocates, policy makers, grant writers, researchers, caregivers, businesses, seniors, emerging seniors, and family members to understand and act on the issues.

Elder Index
The Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) is a tool used to determine the true cost of living for seniors and present local expenses, savings requirements, and what incomes are needed to achieve economic security by family type, and at the city, county, and state levels.  It takes into account housing (own/rent, single/married), healthcare, transportation, food, and miscellaneous expenses that a senior would need to meet their basic needs and age in place with dignity.

Old School
Old School is a clearinghouse of free and carefully vetted resources to educate people about ageism and help dismantle it.  The site features blogs, books, articles, videos, speakers, and other tools (workshops, handouts, curricula etc.) that are accessible to the general public. The goal is to help catalyze a movement to make ageism (discrimination on the basis of age) as unacceptable as any other kind of prejudice. 

St. Louis City Senior Fund
Following the successful Seniors Count public advocacy campaign, the St. Louis City Senior Fund was created by the November 2016 passage of Proposition S.  Visit the Meetings & Reports tab to view the full Seniors Count Needs Assessment Report which was conducted to gain a better understanding of the unmet needs of seniors living in Greater St Louis.

Gateway Geriatric Education Center
​Saint Louis University’s Gateway Geriatric Education Center develops leading-edge education for current and future geriatric professionals and has been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a quarter of a century.  The Center has trained tens of thousands of public groups, students and professionals across the region and country. As part of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, the Center reaches a large number of students, professionals, direct care workers, older adults and their support networks.

Impact of Illinois State Budget Impasse on SW IL Seniors Report
The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, now the Marillac Mission Fund, commissioned a study by the CORO Fellows in 2017 to bring much needed attention to unintended, harmful consequences the state’s budget impasse was having on vulnerable older adults and their caregivers, as well as the organizations that struggled to stay open to provide the most basic of care for seniors living in South West Illinois.

Administration on Aging
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency that implements the Older Americans Act provides services and programs ranging from caregiver and support services to legal services in order to help aging individuals live independently.

State of Decay Report
This state-by-state report assesses the status of oral health for America’s 65+ population and the success or failure of states to address needs of that demographic.  It was last published in 2018 through the Wisdom Tooth Project of Oral Health America, which is now a part of Authority Dental.  

Saint Louis County Access & Functional Needs Registry
An emergency preparedness program for older adults and people with disabilities with resources to promote independence, safety, and well-being for older residents.

Antidotes for Ageism Video
Changing the Narrative partnered with the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging to create a short film called Antidotes for Ageism: A brief guide to creating inclusive care in an ageist society. (Running time: approximately 16 minutes).  The film is a compilation of interviews with older adults as well as professionals who serve older adults and are experts in their fields. Learn from their insights about what ageism is and how it shows up in healthcare settings. Inspire your community to take actionable steps that will remove ageism from healthcare.