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A Senior Care 'Crisis' Looms Large In The U.S.

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An aging generation of baby boomers, longer average life expectancy and a lack of available resources are contributing to what's being called an impending "senior-care crisis."

In 2060, the number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to reach 95 million -- 23 percent of the country's population.

Baby boomers are the largest living adult generation and average life expectancy is up to 79 years. By 2030, the Population Reference Bureau anticipates the number of seniors to surpass the number of children for the first time in U.S. history.

According to the Texas Health Care Association, 1 in 4 Texas nursing homes are operating at financial levels that put them at risk of closure. Social security, Medicare and Medicaid systems will be strained as demand for services increases.

 

What senior care options are available? What are the financial and legal considerations?

How should families start the care conversation with aging loved ones? What additional challenges are there for elder orphans?

What are other senior care challenges and potential fixes? What local resources are available for seniors and caregivers?Guest:

For more information on local resources for senior care visit TPR's Silver Solutions page.

 

"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Leave a message before the program at (210) 615-8982. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource. 

 

*This interview was recorded on Monday, July 22 .

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.