Aging in Missouri
The elderly have increased more consistently and proportionately than any age group. Persons age 65 and over represented ten percent of the population in 1950. By 2000, their ranks had risen to 13 percent of the total population and it is estimated that by 2030 this group will represent more than one-fifth of Missourians (21%).
Between 1950 and 2000, the 65-and-over population grew by 85 percent to 755,000. This group is projected to grow by an additional 87% between 2000 and 2030 when their numbers are projected to swell to 1.4 million as the baby-boom generation progresses into this age category.
The increases in Missouri's elderly population, caused by increased longevity of the elderly and the baby-boom generation progressing into this age classification, likely will have the greatest impact on Missouri of any changes seen among other age groups.
Federal Poverty Level
$1,012/month or $12,140/year - This is the calculated income needed for an individual person to pay for food, housing, healthcare and transportation. The FPL is used to determine an individual's eligibility for certain programs and benefits, including savings on Marketplace health insurance, and Medicaid.
Elder Index: Missouri
$1,672/month or $20,064/year - This is the calculated income needed for a single Missourian senior, who rents, to pay for food, housing, healthcare and transportation.
$1,482/month or $17,784/year - This is the calculated income needed for a Missourian, who owns their home and has no mortgage left to pay, to pay for food, housing, healthcare and transportation.
Profile of Missouri Seniors-in-Need
- Currently 9.5% of Missouri seniors have annual incomes of less than $10,000 and 27% less than $20,000.
- 50% of all senior women devote more than 1/3 of their income to housing.
- 37% of seniors have a disability.
- 12% of seniors have two or more disabilities.
- 30% of seniors are more likely to fall in Missouri than the national average.
- Unfit homes, lack of mobility, medical concerns and other obstacles severly impact quality of life for seniors.
- Many live on approximately $233 per week, which makes it impossible to move on to an assisted living facility ($2,700 per month) or a nursing home ($4,900 per month).
What Does St. Andrew's Charitable Foundation Do?
- We address the health and welfare needs of low-income seniors in the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis area.
- We provide a full range of at-home services and compassionate care programs to seniors at no cost.
- We enhance the quality of life for deserving seniors in our community.