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“Everyone everywhere deserves support as they age and at the end of life” Suzanne B. O’Brien RN

Baby Boomers

There will be 78 million baby boomers over the age of 65 in the US alone by 2030

Lack of Caregivers

20% of Baby Boomers do not have children.  Children are often the primary caregivers.  This means that there is a current and growing lack of caregivers to care for out elderly.

Elder Fears

Most elders fear being a burden to their loved ones and 9 out of 10 elders fear that their loved ones will put them in a nursing facility.

The Elder Crisis in the Unites States is Just Beginning and will Continue for Decades to Come

“In the United States, the 2010 Census recorded the greatest number and proportion of people age 65 and older in all of decennial census history: 40.3 million, or 13% of the total population. This “Boomer Generation” effect will continue for decades.2 Between 2012 and 2050, the United States will experience considerable growth in its older population. In 2050, the population aged 65 and over is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double its estimated population of 43.1 million in 2012.3 The number of people in the oldest old age group, which refers to those aged 85 and over, is projected to grow from 5.9 million in 2012 to 8.9 million in 2030. In 2050, this group is projected to reach 18 million.3″

Source: “What We Do.” NCEA National Center on Elder Abuse, ncea.acl.gov/whatwedo/research/statistics.html#02.

The Lack of Options for Long Term Care in the US and the Need for Elder Care Doulas.

There’s no good way to pay for extended long-term care in the US. Medicare doesn’t cover it. Private health plans don’t cover it. And for most, paying roughly $80,000 out of pocket, the average annual cost for a shared room at a skilled nursing facility, is simply out of the question.

Those in need of prolonged care face a dilemma. They have to be either poor enough to qualify for Medicaid or rich enough to shoulder the cost alone. Anyone who falls between those income extremes is out of luck. And that leaves many Americans vulnerable: 47% of men and 58% of women who are retirement age or older will experience a need for long-term care in the future, according to a February 2016 study by the Department Health and Human Services”.

Source: EDWARDS , HALEY SWEETLAND. “Death and Dilemmas in America’s Elder Health Care System.” Time, Time, 16 Nov. 2017, time.com/5027076/dignity-death-and-americas-crisis-in-elder-care/.

How and When the Current Aging System was Put in Place and How its Not Working Anymore

When Congress created Social Security in 1935, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 61; now it is nearly 80. When Congress created Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, it was still common for people to die of acute medical issues, like heart attacks; now many survive those traumas and go on to live, with some assistance, for decades longer. In 1960, the U.S. was overwhelmingly young: just 10% of the population was over 65. By 2040, 1 in 5 of us will be eligible for that senior ticket at the theater”.

Source:  EDWARDS , HALEY SWEETLAND. “Death and Dilemmas in America’s Elder Health Care System.” Time, Time, 16 Nov. 2017, time.com/5027076/dignity-death-and-americas-crisis-in-elder-care/.