Waupun Awarded Grant To Aid Elderly Population

(Waupun) Waupun was recently awarded a grant aimed at improving support for older adults. The city was one of three groups who received $15-thousand dollars from the 2018 Wisconsin Office of Rural Health Aging In Place Grant. The program assists organizations in support for the elderly and their caregivers by implementing resources into the community. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve says as the older population increases it is crucial to provide support as well as facilitate their independence. She says the Aging In Place Grant provides Waupun with access to state resources and tools to identify local projects and programs for older adults and their caregivers. A 2010 Waupun Census reported 32-percent of the population as age 50 and over while that same age bracket jumped to 34.9-percent of the population in 2017. It is expected to reach more than 36-percent in 2022. In conjunction with the grant, the City of Waupun partnered with Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, to create the Waupun Coalition on Aging. The Coalition – which also includes the Waupun police and fire departments, city administration, library, Chamber of Commerce and Senior Center – will conduct an assessment to create an inventory of existing services and resources as well as identify needs of older adults within Waupun. Those interested in learning more about Waupun’s use of the Aging In Place Grant or the Waupun Coalition on Aging are encouraged to reach out to Kathy Schlieve at (920) 324-7910.