Using primary and secondary data gathered, four major themes presented as priority issues for the 60+ population in northwest Michigan.
1. There is increased demand for information, referral, and resource navigation.
2. There is increased need for access to in-home services; informal caregivers are burnt out increasing the demand for care while simultaneously, there is a reduction in care available due to the direct care workforce crisis.
3. Mental health (prevalence, lack of access) was expressed as a crisis issue across most need assessments and within the focus groups/interviews.
4. Social determinants of health were identified as intensified needs at large and within the 60+ population including access to housing, food and transportation. Inflation is a compounding factor.