The Guilford County Board of Commissioners will do a lot of things at the board’s Thursday, Sept. 7 meeting.

However, one thing in particular the board will do is meant to help the elderly population in the county.  The board will move forward with investing more than $3.6 million in local, state and federal funds to provide programs and services to help older county residents who otherwise might not have access to those services.

The commissioners are expected to approve the acceptance of money from a large Home and Community Care Block Grant from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, which is meant to provide aging adults with in-home aide, needed transportation and home delivered meals.  It will fund other services area seniors will benefit from as well, such as adult day care, group enrichment experiences, nutrition programs, housing assistance and activities at senior centers.

Like many counties across the country, the average age of residents in Guilford County has been climbing, and each year there’s a greater need for county and community services that fill in gaps where family support falls short. The funded services allow elderly residents who would otherwise lack support to do things like get to medical appointments, participate in social experiences and engaging in other enriching activities.

According to statistics provided by Guilford County, an estimated 8,270 seniors will benefit from these services in the current fiscal year.

Under this new agreement, service providers for the Adult Center for Enrichment, Inc. (doing business as Well-Spring Solutions), Piedmont Triad Regional Council Community Development Division, Guilford County Division of Social Services, Guilford County Transportation and Senior Resources of Guilford will work together to provide the services to aging adults across the county.

The grant funding for fiscal year 2023-2024 is $3.2 million from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and $128,000 from the US Department of Agriculture in funding meant to help feed the elderly. The required match from Guilford County government is just over $355,000, which is being fulfilled by in-kind services and available county money.