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Local Agency seeing an increase in demand for senior services

Local Agency seeing an increase in demand for senior services

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the elderly population is expanding rapidly both locally and nationwide.

This is due in part to advancements in medicine and the aging baby boomers.

According to the Virginia Employment Commission, there are 67,722 people that are sixty and older in the fifth planning district. That region includes Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Roanoke County, Covington, Roanoke City, and Salem.

That number is up from 63,012 in 2010.

The Local Office on Aging provides services to seniors, but recent economic hardships are making it hard for the agency to meet the increasing demand.

They have less volunteers and donations than in years past.

Due to sequestration, some funding was also reduced this year. That's led to cuts in programs like Meals on Wheels.

Representatives say this is not a reason to be discouraged and if help is needed, contact the office.

L.O.A. has a wide range of programs that can help seniors and caregivers in our area.

If you would like more information about those programs or senior care in our region, contact the office at:

Roanoke Valley - (540) 345-0451

Alleghany Highlands - (540) 962-0465

Botetourt County - (540) 966-1094

Craig County - (540) 864-6031

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