71.5 Million Strong: Baby Boomers and Beyond ... Who Will Take Care of Us
In response to the "graying of America" phenomena, Senior Smart announced today the inception of www.assisted-living-info.org, an online tool that provides the perfect match between families and seniors actively looking for assisted living and quality assisted living facilities nationwide.
The senior population, in this country and around the world, is growing and changing. For example, it is expected that in the next 40 years the senior population in this country will grow by 147 percent.
They preceded Generation "X": the baby boomers, those born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964, are approaching retirement age. The oldest baby boomers turned 60 in 2006, and when the trend peaks in 2030, the number of people over age 65 will soar to 71.5 million - one in every five Americans.
Obviously not all of these seniors will require assisted living care, but are we ready to address the multitude of services needed to provide for this group of consumers adequately"This country is ill-prepared to handle the tens of thousands of senior citizens in need of assisted living or home hospice care," states Mary Jo Leste, an 18-year industry veteran and Chief Executive Officer of Senior Smart, Inc., a marketing company specializing in assisted living and home hospice referrals.
A recent study by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and funded by the MetLife Foundation reports the following:
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