Office on Aging - About Us
Creating a stronger foundation, enabling the generations to live well!
Our vision for Clearwater is a community where older adults age in place successfully and remain independent.
Our mission is to serve as a resource that facilitates services and activities promoting a high quality of life for our community’s older adults.
City of Clearwater - Office on Aging
1501 N. Belcher Rd #225
Clearwater FL 33765
Phone: (727) 793-2339 ext. 244
Fax: (727) 793-2328
Clearwater's Age Wave is Here
The growth of Clearwater's older adult population has accelerated well beyond national or state trends.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Clearwater had the highest proportion of residents aged 65 years and older (21.5 percent) for those cities with a population of 100,000 or more.
In 2006, Clearwater's percentage of residents age 65 or older had risen to 22 percent of the population.
In 2000, Clearwater had the highest median age of any U.S. city, 41.8 years.
In 2006, Clearwater's median age had risen to 45.7 years of age, which reflects a significant increase in just six years.
In 2000, Clearwater had the highest percentage of its population over the age of 85 (3.4 percent). In 2006, Clearwater's population of residents age 85 or older had risen to 4.1 percent.
"Census 2000 Brief: The 65 Years and Over Population: 2000"
American Community Survey, 2006
Aging Statistics Clearwater, Florida
Of all United States cities with 100,000 residents or more, Clearwater has the nation's:
- Highest percentage of individuals age 65 and older (22 percent).
- Highest percentage of individuals age of 85 and older (4.1 percent).
- Highest median age (45.7 years old).
Source: American Community Survey, 2006
- The City of Clearwater affirmed its support of the State of Florida's Elder Ready initiative and issued a resolution to make Clearwater "Elder Ready." Clearwater established a diverse, interdisciplinary Community for a Lifetime Committee and completed the required "Report Card for Well and Frail Elders."
- The City Council established a Senior Center Task Force to evaluate the need for a Senior Center and create a vision for senior services in Clearwater. The Senior Center Task Force recommended that the city establish an Office on Aging to be led by a professional with a core competency in aging issues.
- Clearwater created an Office on Aging within the city's government. Kerry Marsalek, Office on Aging Manager, was tasked with expanding the city's Communities for a Lifetime efforts through the development and implementation of an Aging Well Master Plan. Marsalek is a Clearwater native who holds a Master's degree from the University of South Florida's Department of Aging Studies.
- The Aging Well Telephone Survey project surveyed 500 Clearwater residents age 60 or older on a variety of topics (see Needs Assessment).
- Neighborly Care Network, Senior Citizens Services, and the Cities of Dunedin and Clearwater worked together to launch a new transportation option for area seniors called the EZride service (see New Transportation Option).
- City implements the File of Life program providing critical information to first responders in the event of an emergency (see File of Life).
- City receives $5,500 grant from the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for an older adult health and wellness program (see Health and Wellness Initiative).
- City of Clearwater receives $727,500, 25-percent matching grant from State of Florida to establish a multi-service senior center (see Aging Well Center).
- The National Center for Creative Aging selects the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area to focus grant-funded creative aging programs to begin in 2009.
- Clearwater implements the Aging Well Master Plan, a multi-year, comprehensive plan providing city with a roadmap to further enhance the quality of life for current and future older adults (see Aging Well Master Plan).
- Clearwater has the largest percentage of its population older than 65 of any city with more than 100,000 residents in the nation. With that statistic in mind, one of Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard's key initiatives is providing for this growing segment of our community. Over the past several years, the city has hired an Office on Aging Manager, developed an Aging Well Master Plan has developed strong partnerships with outside agencies to provide services for the city's older residents. Through a $727,000 state grant and Capital Improvement funding, Clearwater opened a 7,700-square-foot "one stop shop" center for mature adults in June 2010. Located in the Long Center, an existing facility that had already been serving 1,200 users in the target age bracket who visit the center annually, the space occupied by the new center replaces a former cafeteria and classroom space. In addition, the Long Center's existing fitness center has been expanded with state-of-the-art equipment that includes automated health monitoring hardware Aging Well Center cutting edge programs are held in two large meeting rooms, a computer area with Wi-Fi access, a lounge, classroom and activity spaces. An art gallery showcases works created by the center's teachers and students. For more information, contact the Aging Well Center at 724-3070, visitwww.myclearwater.com/agingwell, or follow the latest Aging Well events posted on the city's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofclearwater.
Clearwater Office On Aging Affiliations
- Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas - Advisory Council Member
- Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas - Aging & Disability Resource Center Work Group Member
- Pinellas County Health and Human Services Coordinating Council - Administrative Forum Member
- Pinellas County Fall Prevention Coalition - Member
- Pinellas Better Living for Seniors Coalition - Member
- Florida Council on Aging - Member
- National Council on Aging - Member
- National Institute of Senior Centers - Member