The State of Caregivers in Baltimore’s Jewish Community
As in the greater community, Baltimore’s elderly population has grown substantially in the past decade. In fact, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study found that Jews over the age of 65 make up at least 19 percent of Baltimore’s Jewish community, an increase of 3,500 people since The Associated’s last study in 1999. In 2010, The Associated found that 3,900 seniors in the Jewish community were at least 85 years old, an increase of 160 percent from 1999. The study also reported that 40 percent of seniors who live alone in their own homes are in poor to fair health and that 22 percent of them need help with daily activities.