Reprinted with permission from Aging Today.
Yet, on the other hand, living longer inevitable raises a host of unique concerns. Longer lifespans mean increasing healthcare costs and needs as people become more susceptible to chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Increased longevity raises concerns about outliving financial resources, loss of independence and control, and fears of isolation.
As the elder population grows larger, so does the gaping hole, a rift caused by out-of-date policies and a lack of products, services, benefits and resources necessary to serve older Americans.