According to AARP, 87% of older adults want to age in place, or stay in their own home as they age. As the senior population continues to grow, Aging in Place is the secret to the future of aging because it is not only preferred, but will become necessary to accommodate the growing population of older adults.
Between 2006 and 2030, the number of U.S. citizens over the age of 65 is expected to double from 37 million to 71.5 million, a number that represents 20% of the total population. By 2050, there are expected to be 89 million older adults over the age of 65.
Despite the booming construction of senior housing and senior facilities across the nation, it is anticipated that there won’t be sufficient availability for the number of Baby Boomers as they age.
While Aging in Place is the situation most seniors prefer, it will also become the necessary choice for seniors and society as a whole.
For the past six years, 10,000 people have been reaching retirement age daily. As a result, nearly 22 million people have entered the retirement phase of their lives. However, these numbers significant-ly outpace the senior housing industry, which is expected to build only 96,000 residences per year.
In addition, the population of adults 85 and older will rise simultaneously and increase from approximately 14% in 2010 to 21% by 2050. In addition, this age group will most likely require some additional form of support and care.
In a 2004 study supported by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP, 75 was the average age that a person started needing care at home, most commonly motivated by frailty due to aging. Additional reasons requiring home care included diagnoses of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia also require home care support for aging adults. As of 2016, nearly 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in nine people over the age of 65 has the disease. As Baby Boomers continue to age, this number is anticipated to triple from over 5 million to almost 14 million.
Staying in the familiar home environment can prevent the onset and progression of symptoms of cognitive decline, provide security and fulfill physical, emotional and social needs. Given that senior housing availability will be outpaced by the maturing population, planning for Aging in Place will allow seniors to remain in the comfort of home and help our communities, which include a stronger representation of seniors each day, continue to thrive.
Our mission at Home Care Assistance of Prescott is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care in Prescott, that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in live-in care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults. If you have questions or want more information regarding care options for you or a loved one in Prescott, AZ, or the surrounding area, please call us at 928-771-0105 or schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a dedicated Care Manager.