ElderCare Facts

dreamstimemaximum_11764859Caring for elders presents difficult challenges–especially when a crisis hits and you are suddenly faced with the responsibilities of their care. What if your widowed mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? What if your divorced father falls and breaks several bones in his legs? You may be the only person to step in and become their care giver. Are you ready? If not, you are not alone.

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    The world population is rapidly aging. Be­tween 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 will double to approximately 2 billion peo­ple (Aging 2013).

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    Did you know?

    Children age 50+ taking care of parents has tripled since 1994 (AARP 2011).
    Over 61 million Americans care for older relatives or friends (AARP 2011).
    The National Council on Aging states that by 2050, 20% of America’s population will be over age 65 (Helping 2011).
    Crunched by the recession, states are facing 10% cuts in services to older adults (Helping 2011).

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    The Future

    By 2020, roughly 60 million Americans, 1 in 6 will be over 65.The world’s population aged 80 and over is projected to increase 233% between 2008 and 2040, compared with 160% for the population over 65 and over and 33% for the total population of all ages (World 2012).