Community Caring Center of Palm Beach County, Inc. 

   "Creating A Healthier Community" Initiative    

Retirement comes with it's own hardships
As we get older, even the most independent among us may experience physical declines or financial hardship that strips away our independence. Add to that an increase in geographic mobility of our families, and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone. 

In Florida, 1 of every 7 seniors or 615,000 over 60 face the threat of hunger. In PBC, 34% live in a food desert, suffer with chronic diseases and are disabled.

 

Nearly all of our seniors expressed that they experienced high levels of loneliness before entering the program. The negative health effect of loneliness are as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. 

In Palm Beach County
3
out of every 5 senior women lives alone. 

 

In the past five years housing costs in Palm Beach County have risen by 61% leaving less money for seniors to pay for healthy meals. 

 




41,810 seniors in the county live at or below the poverty line 


This means they are living on $1,300 a month in one of the most expensive counties in the U.S. 




Seniors living at or below the poverty line are twice as likely to fall into the revolving door of the hospital because of nutrition-related diseases or be forced to live in a nursing home. 

These hardships are not felt by seniors alone but also create a strain on the healthcare system and the economy. 

 

It costs Palm beach County taxpayers over $100 million a year for institutional care for those who could "age in place" with community-based services. 

Our program is designed to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors to bring greater independence, yet our successful program is significantly under-funded.

 
 

There are 6000 seniors in Palm Beach County on waiting lists to receive home delivered meals. 

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