The senior population, age 60 and better, accounted for 13%, or 1 in 7, of the US population in 2012; this population will double by 2040.

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Seniors face unique sets of challenges as they move through the aging process brought on by multiple factors including retirement, relocation, health changes, and loss of friends and loved ones.  Not surprisingly, the unique challenges seniors encounter increase risk for depression, anxiety and other behavioral health concerns.  Yet research demonstrates that seniors under-utilize behavioral health services for many reasons including lack of access, stigma and shame.  Community leaders face new challenges and opportunities as service providers seek innovative and effective services to meet the varied and sometimes complex needs, of seniors who are frail, isolated, and otherwise, not seeking services on their own behalf.

Senior Reach provides outreach and education, behavioral health, care management, and access to other critical community based services to older adults (aged 60 and older) who are isolated, frail, or in need of support. Senior Reach is recognized as an evidence based practice through the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This community-based, collaborative program identifies older adults who may need emotional support and/or connection to community services who are not seeking support on their own behalf.  Some of the many benefits of Senior Reach include:

  • Improved population- based health outcomes for the growing and vulnerable senior population.
  • A cost-effective model which utilizes existing community resources.
  • Increased community awareness and education regarding the needs seniors experience related to mental health services and how to make a simple referral for seniors of concern.
  • 93% engagement rate.
  • Outreach and education to over 31,000 individuals to date.