Scripps study predicts Butler county senior population to rise

Butler County has plan to serve more of its elderly population

Denise G. Callahan | Journal-News.com, Aug. 27

BUTLER COUNTY – With the number of senior citizens on the rise in Butler County, the Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio offered a new contract deal that will allow them to serve more people.

The county has had a contract with the agency for 20 years, administering programs that are funded by the Elderly Services levy. The county put out request for proposals this year as the contract is expiring but COA was the only entity to respond and under the new deal the county can save money on administrative fees and hopefully serve more seniors.

“Under the old contract there was a set amount of $63,360 a month,” Ken Wilson, vice president of program operations with the COA said. “We’re proposing a seven percent fee which would result in about $250,000 in savings over the next five years of the levy cycle.”
A study by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University shows the 60-plus population in the county is expected to rise by almost eight percent in 2030. Wilson said their numbers are bearing out the state and nationwide trend.