The future for today’s seniors looks much different than it did a generation ago. The changing financial landscape, families spread apart and lack of local resources (to name a few) have impacted senior’s lives and ushered in the aging in place movement.
Many of these older people struggle with everyday tasks, their health care and the lives they lead in their homes. For many, their quality of life goes down as they get older.
In 2000, approximately 35 million Americans were over 65. By the year 2030, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that approximately 71.5 million will be 65 or older. In a nutshell, that means over 20% of the U.S. population.
The impact the growing number of older Americans will have on our country and our communities is still yet to be fully known. However, with the recent/current economic issues, the health care crisis and the lack of services and support available at a local level spells means many seniors and their families will be in dire need of assistance.
Seniors and their caregivers will continue to need services and products that deal with the home (remodeling, accessibility, universal design), in-home medical and non-medical care, help with common problems (long-distance caregiving, transportation, meal preparation, home maintenance), local support systems, independent living, aging in place education and more.
Seniors are in need a professionals in their community that can educate them, provide the resources and information they need to make informed decisions, AND provide services that improve their quality of life.