In the aging process, an older person can adapt and handle the physical and mental challenges of decline if they have some form of nearby support. But not every older American has access to a family member or a friend to give occasional help. Aging without Family for Support
There’s an unseen group of seniors that the health care industry has recently noticed. It’s the community-dwelling aged who are socially and/or physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated caregiver.
They’ve been in plain sight for years but since boomers are entering the 60 plus population, the demographic will intensify, due to the group’s known status of having the highest divorce rates and childless marriages. And in a matter of a few decades, the chronic diseases will put a heavy burden on the medical care providers.
What’s needed from the medical care teams and the local community-based support services is a better process and a way to track and assess the risks. The individuals need education, support, and guidance to prepare for becoming frail and dependent. But more importantly, they need to receive a thorough screening for the high risks of aging alone.
Some requirements would include:
To better help all seniors, not just the people who live without support in the household, the aging industry and service professionals should become aware of the risks that endanger older adults lives.
Here is another great article about choosing a location to live if you are a “Solo Ager.”
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