The USA New Aging, When Falling Down Protection Programs Are Reserved for Rich Seniors – 11/03/2014

For Your Entertainment (FYE) ;+)……
(Especially if you are a Senior US Citizen skeptical of AARP and Retirement Communities run by “Non-Profit””Humanitarian” organizations and “all that hogwash jazz”)……..;+)

“Everyone who applies to live there must pass a health assessment, which includes tests of cognition, gait and balance. (Depending on the type of care and apartment size, the entrance fee ranges from $142,000 to $686,000, and the monthly fee from $3,300 to $6,300.)”

“The vast majority of residents, 265, are living in their own apartments, and 14 are in assisted living. There is also a 50-bed skilled-nursing section and a smaller one for residents with dementia.”

Total: 329

Only one question: “Who can afford it?”

“As senior citizens make up an ever-greater proportion of the U.S. population, a range of economic and social shifts will unfold and change American society. For example, total health care spending will rise significantly: In 2010 those 65 and older spent about $18,424 per person on personal health care, “about three times more than the average working-age adult and about five times more than the average child,” according to a 2014 study in the journal Health Affairs.”

“Key findings from the report include:

  • The number of senior citizens is on the rise: In 2010, there were 40.3 million people aged 65 and above, comprising 13% of the overall population. (This total is 12 times the number it was in 1900, when this group constituted only 4.1% of the population.) By 2050, projections indicate the population over 65 will comprise 20.9% of the population.
  • In 2010, states with the highest percentage of older people in their populations (all above 15%) included Florida, West Virginia, Maine and Pennsylvania.
  • The Great Recession affected this group in a number of ways: Homeownership rates declined for the overall population after the 2006 peak, but remained constant for Americans over 65. Similarly, unemployment rates were lower for older workers, who managed to stay mostly employed during the recession. In 2010, the employment rate for the group actually rose to 16.2%, an increase from 2005 (14.5%).
  • However, this older group also experienced an increase in unemployment rates just before the 2007-2009 recession. During this period, the unemployment rate for those 65 to 69 rose from 3.3% in 2007 to 7.6% in 2010. If workers aged 55 and older became unemployed, it took them longer to find new jobs.
  • In 2010, for every 100 people, there were 45 who were younger than age 20 and 22 people aged 65 or older, meaning that there were four and a half workers supporting each older person. As more Baby Boomers turn 65, this ratio is projected to increase dramatically, leaving fewer working people for every older one.
  • The racial diversity of senior citizens continues to increase. Those who described themselves as “white alone” decreased from 86.9% in 2000 to 84.8% in 2010, with other racial groups increasing or maintaining the same percentages. This trend is expected to continue over the next 40 years — for example, 18.4% of the population aged 65 and older will be Hispanic by 2050.
  • While life expectancy has risen in the United States, it has done so at a slower pacethan in other high-income countries, despite of the fact that the U.S. spends 17.9% of its GDP on health care, more than any other developed nation.
  • Heavy smoking was estimated to explain 78% of the life expectancy gap for women and 41% for men in the U.S. and other high-income countries: “The current cohort of older Americans was alive 50 years ago, when Americans smoked more frequently than people living in Japan or Europe. Smoking habits in the United States were likely reinforced by social and economic factors, such as a driving culture … soil conditions well suited for growing tobacco, and the relatively low price of tobacco.”
  • Death rates for the older population also seem to vary by race. In 2010, they were lower for whites than blacks from ages 55 to 84, but lower among blacks at ages 85 and over.”

““While global aging represents a triumph of medical, social and economic advances,” the authors write, “it also presents tremendous challenges that affect economic growth, formal and informal social support systems and the ability of states and communities to provide resources for older citizens. Both individuals and society need to prepare for population aging; the cost of waiting — financial and social — could be overwhelming.””

And with the Global Environmental Issue of Polar Ice Melting, you cannot afford the old USA Alaska Inuit/Eskimos solution of stranding the seniors on icebergs. The icebergs are melting faster than the seniors freeze, and the seniors keep swimming back ashore, increasing rhe issue of seniors over-population…;+)

In other parts of the USA such as, Camp Hope: Las Cruces, New Mexico,  Dignity Village, Oregon, California,  St. Petersburg, Florida, Olympia, Washington,  Seattle, Washington,  King County, Washington, Transition Park, Camden, New Jersey,    “tent cities” are the new “Homeless Seniors” solution…….;+)

But the USA are an “Equal Opportunity Housing for Homeless Seniors” Nation…….;+)

“Tent cities are also found in the following cities:  Ann Arbor, MichiganChattanooga, TennesseeColumbus, OhioAthens, GeorgiaReno, NevadaSierra Vista, ArizonaProvidence, Rhode IslandSacramento, CaliforniaSan Diego, CaliforniaLakewood, New JerseyLowell, MassachusettsHuntsville, AlabamaNashville, TennesseeSt. Louis, Missouri; and Ft. Worth, Texas
The Umoja Village, built by Take Back the Land, was a shantytown in Miami created to protest gentrification and a lack of low-income housing in Miami.”

Maybe the new single distinctive skill to get hired, as a senior, is “work for food,very cheap, almost free, no attachment, has tent, will travel”…….;+)

It gives new meaning for the seniors to “God Bless These United States of America, the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave…..”  ;+)

Nobody mentioned “merciful” to seniors. I guess nobody’s perfect…….;+)

I guess this is what one calls “tough love”……;+)

Only one “caveat”, usually in life, what “goes around”, “comes around”……;+)

Everybody will be old, one day, and the way it goes, there is a big chance to be “an old despondent homeless senior”, if nothing is done about it soon….:+(

Cheers!  ;+)

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