Willow, AK Senior Guide

The Willow, AK Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Willow live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Willow with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Willow, AK seniors.

  • 15% of the population of Willow, AK are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 25% of those seniors living in Willow, AK are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 12% of Willow senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 24% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 19% of Willow, AK residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Willow is $14,805/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Willow senior is $36,726 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Alaska ranks 17th for Long Term Care and 31st for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 39 working seniors in Willow Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 40% of the seniors in Willow are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (19%) working aged (67%) seniors (15%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Willow, AK.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 78 seniors living alone in Willow. Of these, 36% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

44% of males 65 and older are married compared with 92% of females.
1% of females are widowed compared with 19% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 0% of Willow senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 0% of Willow senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

0% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

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Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Alaska

Care TypeAlaska Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$901$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$2,652$1,492
Assisted Living$5,703$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$4,957$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$4,957$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$23,451$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$23,451$7,604
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Alaska with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Alaska Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Alaska's Long Term Care Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionAlaska 2011 RankAlaska 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#43#38
Choice of Setting & Provider#1#3
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#1#2
Support for Family Caregivers#41#4
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#8
Overall Rank#17#17

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Alaska

Click here for an expanded view of Alaska's America's Health Rankings® for seniors.

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Alaska 2013 Rank Alaska 2015 Rank
Overall #39 #31
All Determinants #44 #33
Behaviors #50 #47
Smoking #49 #47
Chronic Drinking #50 #49
Obesity #49 #47
Underweight #13 #6
Physical Inactivity #9 #18
Dental Visit #33 #35
Pain Management #50 #21
Education #11 #10
Community #18 #3
Community & Environment - Macro #20 #18
Poverty #1 #1
Volunteerism #11 #14
Nursing Home Quality #30 #39
Community & Environment - Micro #15 #2
Food Insecurity #38 #5
Community Support #1 #1
Policy #43 #28
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #27 #27
Prescription Drug Coverage #48 #48
Geriatrician Shortfall #21 #16
Clinical Care #44 #45
Dedicated Health Care Provider #49 #50
Flu Vaccine #50 #49
Health Screenings #44 #25
Recommended Hospital Care #18 #30
Diabetes Management #49 #49
Home Health Care #1 #1
Preventable Hospitalizations #11 #10
Hospital Readmissions #2 #17
Hospice Care #50 #50
Hospital Deaths #34 #47
All Outcomes #32 #30
ICU Use #12 #12
Falls #50 #50
Hip Fracture #27 #12
Health Status #18 #10
Able-bodied #43 #42
Premature Death #33 #28
Teeth Extractions #21 #21
Poor Mental Health Days #23 #33
Multiple Chronic Conditions #1 #2
Cognition #40 #40
Depression #50 #4

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Willow, AK financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Willow is $36,726 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

35% of senior households in Willow earn less than $30,000 per year, while 21% earn more than $100K/year


Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Willow is $14,805 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Willow is $31,160 Source: Census.gov ACS
18% of seniors in Willow, AK are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

29% of Willow seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

88% of seniors living in Willow speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
8% of the seniors in Willow are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

21% of senior homeowners in Willow have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Alaska Commission on Aging

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance, State Agency on Aging
    240 Main Street, Suite 100
    Juneau, AK 99811
    Denise Daniello - Exec. Dir. ACOA
    (907) 465-3250
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Alaska Time Monday to Friday
  • Adult Protective Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
  • Alaska State Health Insurance Assistance Programs

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    400 Gamble Street, Suite 303
    Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Alaskan Legal Services Corporation

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    1016 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 200
    Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Alaska Long Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    3745 Community Park Loop
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Bob Dreyer
    Website
  • Municipality of Anchorage, Health and Human Services: Aging and Disability Resource Center

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    825 L Street
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    Linda Meyer
    (907) 343-7770
    ADRC@muni.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Closed daily from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm for lunch.
  • Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

    Services Provided: American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    320 West Willoughby Avenue
    Juneau, AK 99801
    Justin Jones
    (907) 463-7131
    jjones@ccthita-nsn.gov
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Alaska Time Monday to Thursday. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Alaska Time Friday
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center Statewide

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    PO Box 110680
    Juneau, AK 99981
    Martin Morris
    (877) 625-2372

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Sources

Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.