The numbers are staggering. Beginning this year, 2011, and continuing into 2029,
more than 8,000 people will turn 65 every day. By 2030, nearly 20% of the U.S. population
will be 65 years and older. Today, there are well over 100,000 seniors aged 65 +
in the Birmingham metropolitan area alone. Alabama’s over 85 population will double
Nearly 40% of American women and about 20% of American men 65 years and older live
alone in the United States. For every elderly person living in a nursing home, three
more equally fragile and infirm are living at home. Studies tell us that about 80
percent of our seniors have at least one chronic health condition, and 50 percent
have at least two - disabilities requiring daily care.
Already, nearly 25% of all American adults currently provide daily companionship
or assistance to a parent or relative. And yet, changes in family structure, specifically
more divorce, fewer children and more stepchildren, may mean less family support
for this aging segment of our population.
Once again, the “Greatest Generation” is paving the way for the “Baby Boomers”. But
the question remains, how are we going to insure care for Alabama’s seniors?
Shawn Barnes helps seniors and their loved ones navigate the flood of care giving
questions and options. Shawn pledges to put his experience and his network of health
care professionals, financial consultants, and senior advocates to work to serve
Alabama seniors, today and in the future. Whether it is a larger assisted living
community, a smaller family care home or a well regarded in home care provider, Shawn
will help uncover care giving alternatives that foster independence, preserve dignity
and enhance peace of mind for seniors and their loved ones.