At the 2nd Annual Caregiver Symposium sponsored by the South Florida Institute on Aging (SOFIA) and the South Florida Caregiver Coalition, Dr. Stephen Ferrante, lead researcher and Principal Partner with the Victory Group and a Barry University MSW faculty member, introduced the findings of a six-month study of older adults in Broward County, FL with projections into 2030–The Silver Tsunami: Is Broward Ready?

This comprehensive study was jointly commissioned by the Community Foundation of Broward, United Way of Broward County, and the Jewish Federation of Broward County. More than 500 seniors, caregivers, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and community stakeholders shared feedback through a series of countywide public forums, targeted focus groups, individual interviews, and surveys.

The introduction to The Silver Tsunami executive summary report stresses the need for action to address the needs of older adults now and in the future. According to the report, over the next 2o years, Broward will be home to a record number of older residents, many of whom will need a helping hand.  The Broward County, FL community already has difficulty and limited resources to support its current population of senior citizens.  Therefore, the report calls for long-range planning and immediate action to address a future crisis with serious impact on our community and the quality of life for older adults and their family caregivers.

A PDF copy of The Silver Tsunami executive summary is available below as distributed at the Symposium on June 22 at Nova Southeastern University–

Silver Tsunami_Is Broward Ready_Executive Summary_June 2018 Community Foundation of Broward