Some facts about senior citizens in USA
This is my fourth visit to USA in the past several years. I was given to understand that parents in usa after they become old never live with their children and those who do not have any savings suffer very much as the children do not contribute to the upkeep of their parents .But since USA is a welfare state, if some one does not have any income, the government was supposed to look after them. , Several huge retirement paid home complexes are there in USA housing them. Since many of the inmates may not be able to drive, there are hourly bus facilities from such complexes to the malls as well as places of entertainment. Whenever they are standing waiting for buses, the buses halt at the bus stop and the step of the bus is made to touch the floor, the driver comes out of the bus and assists them to sit comfortably.
Recently every week I used to go to a huge vegetable and fruit shop called “farmers” normally around 10 am. Every time seeing the very old people coming to shop there , I have literally shed tears for they were extremely old and extremely weak and not even able to walk.
So I decided to do some arm chair research on them, Here is what I have been able to find out.
1.Only in 29 out of 50 states of USA , sons and daughters do have the legal responsibility to look after their parents.
2.In about 30% of American homes , the parents were living with their children.
3. . Of the older adults who were living outside nursing homes or hospitals in 2010, nearly one third (11.3 million) lived alone. More than one-fourth (27 percent) of women ages 65 to 74 lived alone in 2014, and this share jumped to 42 percent among women ages 75 to 84, and to 56 percent among women ages 85 and older.(do men die earlier?)
4. . Nearly one person in ten lives in poverty, but many are financially secure. Todays seniors will live longer in old age than any generation in history. Many will live to healthy old ages but one in five will need personal care after they reach age 85, While we think of seniors as retirees, more older adults are working for living there in recent decades.
5,Very large number of senior citizens there would not be able to afford good and efficient medical care as it is exorbitantly costly. “Poor people don’t have insurance in America, The supposedly free Medical insurance given to the poor is very close to being a fake insurance and big corporations like Managed Care corporations La C are, Healthnet etc. are the only true beneficiaries. Poor people have very limited choices when it comes to receiving care in America. For starters, they can’t choose where they want to receive care or what doctor to receive care from.”( https://www.quora.com/How-do-poor-people-pay-for-healthcare-in-the-United-States)
6,Only one out of 5 people older than 70 have earnings, The average income of those who do not work and who are above 70 is about 1500$ per month.( http://www.pensionrights.org/publications/statistic/income-today%E2%80%99s-older-adults )
7. Obesity rates among older adults have been increasing, standing at about 40 percent of 65-to-74-year-olds in 2009-2012.
8.More older adults are divorced compared with previous generations. The share of divorced women ages 65 and older increased from 3 percent in 1980 to 13 percent in 2015, and for men from 4 percent to 11 percent during the same period.
9.Demand for elder care will also be fueled by a steep rise in the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, which could nearly triple by 2050 to 14 million, from 5 million in 2013