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As Island Population Ages, Hospice Sees Added Demand

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Currently, one in six Island residents is over the age of 65. By 2030, the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts expects that number to double.

And that means Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard — which holds its annual Summer Soiree fundraiser Monday at Farm Neck Golf Club — is more extended than ever.

“We’ve had a marked increase in our census, and that’s because we are rapidly aging here on the Island,” hospice executive director Tom Hallahan said this week. “And with the aging process, you have death and end-of-life care.”

The Vineyard hospice is one of only a handful of non-Medicare hospice facilities in the country. Hospices that take insurance require that patients have a medical diagnosis of six months or less to live. Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard has no requirements and does not turn anyone away.

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