Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) works with and through a number of community organizations to provide a wide range of services for adults 60 and over and people with disabilities living in Ferry (except for the Colville Indian Reservation), Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman Counties in Washington State.
This Planning and Service Area (called PSA #11), is the third largest in the state of Washington, totaling approximately 8,900 square miles. PSA #11 is located in the northeast corner of the state and is comprised of three distinct geographic and economic sub-regions:
- Spokane County, which is comprised of the City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, and several smaller outlying communities;
- Whitman County, located at the northeastern edge of the rich Palouse agricultural area which includes Pullman, Colfax, and numerous small towns; and
- Tri-County subregion, which is a mountainous, rural, and frontier area which includes the communities of Republic, Colville, and Newport.
Rural Resources Community Action (RRCA)
956 S Main Street
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-8421 ext
Stevens/Pend Oreille/Ferry Counties County
Rural Resources of Ferry County
72 North Clark Street
Republic, WA 99166
Rural Resources of Pend Oreille County
301 South Spruce Street
Newport, WA 99156
1222 N Post St
Spokane, WA 99201
Council on Aging and Human Services
210 South Main
PO Box 107
Colfax, WA 99111-0107
Rural Resources – Whitman County Senior Services
1345 NE Terre View Drive
Pullman, WA 99163
(800) 873-5889 ext
Brief Description, Target Populations
ALTCEW receives state and federal funds to develop, support and maintain a comprehensive and coordinated long term services and support delivery system often referred to as community-based care. The goal is to help seniors and adults with disabilities live in their homes and communities for as long as possible, postponing or eliminating the need for residential or institutional care (such as nursing homes). Community-based care is overwhelmingly preferred by consumers and caregivers of all ages.
ALTCEW targets services to individuals with the greatest economic and social need including minorities, low-income, limited-English-speaking, isolated individuals (single, widowed, separated, and/or living alone), and individuals aged 75 and over. A special emphasis is placed on reaching at-risk minority individuals.
Demographics and Trends
The number of individuals in ALTCEW’s service area has grown significantly, from 446,297 persons in 1990 to 580,080 persons in 2010. The number of persons 60 and older has also grown during that period from 74,806 persons, or 16.76% of the population in 1990, to 110,543 persons, or 19.06% of the population in 2010.
There will continue to be significant regional change over the next several decades due to the aging of the baby boom population. The rural northern counties will see the greatest percentage of growth for the aging population, with the percent of population over age 60 growing from 27% in 2010 to 36% by year 2020, and 38% in 2030. The number of people over 60 will peak in year 2030, but the trend is far from over. The same region will see the number of people 75 and older grow from 6.9% in 2010 to a high of 18.3% in 2040.
Spokane County will face an aging population growth slightly higher than the state average. The number of persons age 60 and over will increase from 87,849 in 2010 (18.64%) to 146,791 in 2030 (26.28%). Whitman County will also face a growth in the aging population, but it will be less than the other four counties. The number age 60 and over will grow from 13.26% of the population in 2010 to 17.5% of the population in 2030.
For graphs and detailed trends information on each county in ALTCEW’s service area, please see: