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A Special Message from JCHE President Amy Schectman

Posted: December 15, 2016

Dear Friend of JCHE:

     Despite all the noise of this past election season, there was a deafening silence on one issue: how our country will respond to the largest demographic shift in the history of the world—the aging of the population.

     For the first time in recorded history, there will be more of us over 65 than under 15—in fact, Americans over 65 will make up 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2029. This demographic shift presents significant challenges if you believe, as we do at JCHE, that all our elders deserve to live with dignity.

     Sadly, the path we’re on will not meet this essential objective. High housing costs force millions of low-income older adults to sacrifice spending on food and other necessities, undermining their health and wellbeing. 61% of Massachusetts seniors do not have enough income to cover basic necessities.

     The only effective response to these trends is to create more affordable, supportive housing. That’s why JCHE has launched an aggressive effort to double our portfolio. Without more affordable housing, a shockingly large number of seniors will actually become homeless. Experts expect an increase in elder homelessness of 34% just by 2020.

     Most of us have cared for an elderly relative or worried about one. Most of us are shocked to discover how thin the support networks are and wish our parent or grandparent were in an environment driven by chessed (lovingkindness). And thanks to your support, that is what you’ll find at JCHE – communities where, regardless of wealth, older adults lead lives full of connection and purpose.
     
     But we need your help today to successfully carry out our mission.
     
     During this holiday season of light and generosity, I hope you will think about how your support kindles the flames of dignity, hope and respect for our community’s elders. 

     Please click here to make a gift in support of our mission.

     May the joys of the holiday season permeate every aspect of your life,


 
     Amy Schectman
     President and CEO

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