- In 2010, the caregiver support ratio was more than 7 potential caregivers for every person in the high-risk years of 80-plus.
- By 2030, the ratio is projected to decline sharply to 4 to 1; and it is expected to further fall to less than 3 to 1 in 2050.
- 2050 ÛÒ I will be in my 90Ûªs hopefully. And my kids will be anywhere from 63 to 73 years old. So the care ainÛªt happening there! So with little unpaid options, whatÛªs an elderly bloke to do?
The report notes that family caregivers are a key factor in the ability to remain in oneÛªs home and in the community when disability strikes. And it says more than two- thirds (68 percent) of Americans believe that they will be able to rely on their families to meet their LTSS needs when they require help. My fellow boomers are in for a rude awakening.
That may not happen so another option here is start what have been called NORCÛªs ÛÒ Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, where an elder population congregates to live in residential areas and the services they need start to spring up around them. Plus they have each other to lean on as well.
- Follow this blogs advice. Age in quality not in crisis and tend to your health ÛÒ physical, financial, emotional.
- Foster a dialogue about caring for elders with children and grandchildren. I can already see that my wife and I will have FAR more grandchildren than we had children. Some of that is only natural. Where we have grandparents taking care of their childrenÛªs children in todayÛªs society, well, we need to reverse that.
- Think of how you will age in place and in what place. As mentioned, naturally occurring communities offer support.
- Get married and stay married!