Seniors today are facing different challenges when it comes to housing and healthcare than past generations. We name facts about senior living that will surprise you!
7 Shocking Seniors Living Facts
Check out the following facts about senior living that may surprise you:
1. 85 is the new 65
Healthcare advancements and a focus on prevention are allowing seniors to live longer, more active, and healthier lives. In fact, the population of older seniors is projected to increase from the 5.7 million there was in 2011 to 14.1 million by the year 2040.
The gender gap in life expectancy is narrowing, with men usually outlived by about seven years. In 2013, the difference narrowed to less than five years, with the average man living to 76.4 years of age and the average woman living to 81.2 years of age.
2. Diversity is Needed
With the massive population of aging baby boomers, the number of Americans aged 65 and older who need nursing home care could rise by up to 75 per cent – from 1.3 million to 2.3 million in 2030.
The increased number of seniors seeking treatment has resulted in a greater need for diverse and patient-centered elder care, in addition to the longer lifespan of Americans, that can adjust and change with a person’s changing needs as they age.
3. Independent Females Are the Norm
The typical assisted living resident is an independent female. Assisted living communities have a 7:1 ratio of women to men. They are typically living with a chronic condition, like high blood pressure or osteoporosis. Also, mobile and in her later 80’s that’s mostly independent, requiring minor assistance with activities like bathing, dressing, eating, or medication management.
4. Specialization is Increasing
Specialized elder care will become more important as baby boomers become older adults, including dedicated support and compassion for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It’s estimated that by 2050, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease will almost triple to 14 million.
5. Staying Active is the Best Prevention
When it comes to senior living, one thing is for sure: staying active is the best way to maintain good health and independence. Seniors who do any amount of exercise appear to live longer and have a lower risk of disability. Even if you have never led an active lifestyle before, the benefits of exercise were experienced by those who began exercising between ages 70 and 85.
6. Don’t Avoid Planning
For more than 50% of people, their greatest fear regarding a long-term care illness or event was being a burden on their family. Planning and sharing end-of-life wishes with relatives, however, is still a subject most seniors avoid. It is time to start these conversations with many helpful resources available–you’ll feel relieved to have a plan in place.
7. Costs of Your Own Home Aren’t Beneficial
People wish to stay as long as possible in their own home. Though it may not be the best financial choice to own their own home and the expenses that come along with it. They report expenses such as:
- Replacement of furnace and central air conditioning systems – approximately $10,000
- Lawn care for 10 years – approximately $25,000
- Replacement windows for an average home – approximately $11,000
- Roof replacement using composite shingles for an average home – approximately $20,000
Fairmont Grand Senior Living Community
Fairmont Grand is a resident centered senior living and memory care facility in Rapid City, SD. Our goal is to create an environment where resident well-being is at the heart of everything we do.
Our wide range of services are designed to meet you or your loved one’s daily needs. We offer restaurant style dining options, a variety of physical activities, and give residents the opportunity to live as independently as possible.