According to the Blueprint for Healthy Aging in New Jersey, the over 60 population in Morris County is expected to increase to approximately 145,000 by 2025 – up almost 95 percent from 20 years ago. At the same time, the most recent American Community Survey discovered that nearly 14 percent of Morris County residents over 65 have difficulty living independently, encountering challenges performing routine daily living activities.
To stem the flow of what has been dubbed “the silver tsunami,” Morristown Medical Center has implemented a comprehensive geriatrics program, supported in large part by a community of donors. The program includes a dedicated Geriatric Emergency Department, Geriatric Assessment Center, and the David and Joan Powell Center for Healthy Aging to attend to our seniors’ most critical needs.
The most recent addition to the program is the new Caregiver Training Lab, which opened in late 2020. Nicknamed “Gerry’s Apartment,” the lab is made possible in part by the generous support of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, and provides hands-on techniques along with cutting-edge strategies for learning how to successfully and safely care for an aging loved one in their home setting.
“Morristown Medical Center recognizes the need for a multi-faceted approach to improve the health and ensure the safety of a growing senior population,” Beverly Natale, director of clinical services, geriatrics for Morristown Medical Center said. “We are grateful to our many donors who have faithfully given in the last decade to see these efforts to fruition.”
To learn more about how you can support vital geriatrics programs at Morristown Medical Center, visit our Geriatrics Needs page or donate today.
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