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Part One of a Four-Part Series on Elder Care
Elder Americans are the fastest growing group in the United States. According to the Administration on Aging(AoA), there were 39.6 million citizens who were 65 years or older in 2009; representing 12.9% of the U.S. population. The AoA predicts by 2030, this number will grow to about 19%. When parents, family members, and friends start to age in debilitating ways, it can be heartbreaking and result in new challenges that need to be addressed and many Americans are struggling with this new responsibility.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as many as 39.8 million Americans over the age of 15 have provided unpaid care to someone over the age of 651. Not only does elder care place an added obligation on loved ones and friends, it can also add an extra burden on finances and household budgets. In part one of our four-part series on elder care, we’re highlighting 12 early warning signs that an older person may no longer be able to adequately care for themselves and may need some form of assistance.
It is a normal part of aging that at some point an elderly person may have difficulty with some, or many, of the day-to-day tasks they were once able to perform. Unfortunately, due to varying degrees of dementia - or just denial - an older person may not reach out for help on their own. Therefore, it is important for family and close friends to look for, and recognize the signs that an aging loved one is in need of assistance..
Part two of our series will focus on evaluating the level of care needed once you begin seeing signs that your family member or friend is in need of ongoing care and assistance.
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