In America, at least 60 million people will turn 65 by the year 2020. Why is this important? As of 2015, about 34.2 million Americans provided UNPAID care to an adult age 50 or older. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015)] If 34.2 million provided care in 2015, and more people are aging each year, how many adults will need to care for another adult over 50 years of age by the year 2020.
The world is getting older AND living longer in that “older” state. Have we as a nation placed “appropriate” focus on how our Aging would “Age”? Many are aging with multiple disease conditions, left to the attendance of working adult children with their own families. Within that same group of “aging” adults, many are stricken with dementia or Alzheimer’s leaving it impossible for the adult children to continue their careers as planned.
How are our elders “aging”…they are aging without the benefits promised to them and the resources needed! How are they aging…they are aging on 5-10 different medications of which at least one is an anti-psychotic! How are they aging…they are aging in this nation in which they once stimulated the economy for their children and their children’s children, as “INVISIBLE”!
As a voice crying out for our “aging elders”, Mr. President, Mr. Governor, Mr. Mayor, please remember your biblical duty to care for those that have “grayed”; our patriarchs and matriarchs of this nation!!!