JEFFERSON-If the old adage of “with age comes wisdom” is true, Ashe County is truly wise beyond its years.
Recently compiled data has indicated that Ashe County’s senior population continues to grow and is on track to outpace the statewide average.
That is according to information scheduled to be presented to county commissioners last week for a reading and signing of a proclamation to honor Older American’s Month.
North Carolina’s state average of citizens more than 60 years of age is 20 percent, which is good enough for ninth in the nation, according to demographic information compiled by the University of North Carolina.
Ashe County currently ranks in the highest percentage bracket in the state with 30 percent of its population aged 60 plus. Moreover, the population of citizens over age 60 in Ashe is expected to increase to 35 percent by 2034. Also, Ashe County’s population median age is 46 compared to North Carolina’s 37 and the national median of 36.
An estimated 16 percent of North Carolina’s age 65 plus population is still in the workforce. To assist and accommodate the needs of this growing segment of the population, Ashe Services for the Aging continues to serve as a pragmatic community mainstay, according to a presentation.
Hundreds of seniors visit the ASA Senior Center daily and at least 175 individuals received in-home aide support in the form of personal care and home management, according to the center’s report.
Assisted care with dignity
The average age of an in-home aide recipient is 75 years old and 33 are living alone.
A total of 64 seniors are registered for the home delivered meals program and 15 more are currently on the waiting list. Furthermore, 84 percent of home delivered meal recipients live alone.
Ashe Services for Aging, however, does not provide nursing home services.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.