Collectively, Americans are getting older. As a result, experts predict a significant shift in demographics in the next fifteen years. They say by 2035, the number of people in the United States age 65 and older will greatly outnumber the number of people here age 18 and under. They also say by 2030, all Baby Boomers will be at least 65. In other words, 1 out of every 5 Americans will be eligible to retire in ten years.
As a result, there is heightened public awareness about age-related issues. Being properly informed can help you recognize when you or a loved one may need help. It will also allow you to address age-related relevant concerns such as a potential need for long-term care.
With a bit of luck, you and your loved ones will be happy and healthy well into your older years. With time, however, you may succumb to some of the common effects of aging or you may already be experiencing them. These can include, but are not limited to, physical ailments such as:
- Diminishing eyesight
- Brittle bones
- Loss of strength
- Limited mobility
as well as cognitive impairment, such as:
- Memory loss and personality changes not related to Alzheimer’s Disease
- Memory loss and personality changes related to Alzheimer’s Disease and similar conditions
Other issues impacting Older Americans include grief, especially following the loss of a spouse, social isolation following retirement, and loneliness. These issues can exacerbate chronic and underlying health conditions. They can also cause anxiety, depression, and even over-reliance on alcohol or medication. They can also make you more susceptible to criminal activity, such as fraud and other forms of financial exploitation.
We know that this blog may highlight concerns you are having for yourself or for a loved one. Remember, it is never too soon to start asking questions and get the support you need in your local community. Long-term care challenges are not easy but we can work together to develop a plan for what is ahead. We routinely work with seniors and their loved ones, and encourage you to schedule a meeting to discuss these, as well as other, important issues.