Introduction to COAHS Strategic Plan FY 2022-FY 2023
An essential element in planning for the future is addressing the ongoing expansion of the
senior population. According to the “Profile of Older Americans” (released in May 2020 by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Administration on Aging), between 2008 and
2018 the number of US residents aged 60 and older increased by 34%, from 54.1 million to 72.8
million. It is projected that 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 and older by 2030.
According to the Town Clerk, as of July 2021 there are 1,708 residents 60 and older in Carlisle,
representing 31.5% of the population. Many of Carlisle’s older residents want to remain in
Carlisle, and the COAHS assists them to age in place independently while maintaining their
quality of life. This includes providing access to information, programs, and services that support
cognitive, emotional, and physical wellbeing, as well as transportation to support and augment
essential needs. The COAHS must be prepared to meet the increased demand for services and
resources by understanding the needs of Baby Boomers as well as the oldest seniors.
Carlisle’s senior population is a critical element of the tax base, and it is in our collective interest
to address issues which make it difficult for some residents to remain in Carlisle as they age.
For some it is the lack of affordable and appropriately sized housing alternatives; for others it is
the ongoing tax burden of their life-long residences or limited public transportation options. Due
to the town’s rural nature, older residents may also experience loneliness and isolation.
Access to a range of senior programs and services provides security, community, connection,
and enrichment, thus improving overall quality of life. Advocating for dedicated program and
gathering space will continue to be a priority as we prepare to meet the expanding needs of
Carlisle’s seniors. You can view the strategic plan here