Seventy-nine percent of aging agencies experienced an increased amount of requests for home-delivered meals in 2009. Additionally, 67% of aging agencies received more requests for caregiver support and 71% of the agencies had an increased number of requests for transportation support, according to a report [.pdf] from the Office of Government Accountability. Nineteen percent of aging agencies were forced to deny requests for home-delivered meals.
The increased demand for aging programs has two major causes, according to the GAO. First, the senior population is growing and there are 9 million more seniors in 2009 than in 2000. Further, there are currently 40 million Americans who are 65 or older, but by 2030 this age range will be 72 million Americans. Second, the current recession has effected seniors with depreciated home values in addition to exacerbated retirement funds – resulting with more requests for aging services.