It looks like the Carolinas are becoming a great example of home the rapidly growing senior population finds great happiness and value in aging at home. “In the Carolinas, the aging population is growing faster than anywhere else in the country. In fact, between 2000 and 2010, the population over 65 grew by 28 percent, which works out to three times the national average.
Older men and women are finding great benefit in retiring to the Carolinas. It’s often due to many different factors, including the weather (avoiding harsh winters up north), taxes, and opportunities for seniors to maximize their quality of life.
On top of the increase in the elderly throughout the Carolinas, these men and women are also living longer.
Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin write for the Charlotte Observer in the op-ed, Helping elderly age ‘in place’:
“Aging in Place in the Carolinas,” a report by UNC Chapel Hill professors Jim Johnson and Allan Parnell for the Duke Endowment makes a compelling argument: seniors do best when they live in their homes as long as possible. Indeed, an AARP study shows that 90 percent of people 65 or older want to age in place.”
By the time people reach 75, 60 percent of them are women and by the time they reach 85, 70 percent are women. The majority of these women are then living alone and that makes it difficult to maintain their quality of life, and their home.
While people prefer to age in place, living in their home as opposed to moving in with adult children, assisted living, or other options, it becomes a bit more challenging to do that, which is why home care is so vital.
One of the major obstacles to caring for the elderly is money. At the moment, there are 30 seniors not contributing to the tax base for every 100 adults who are, and that number continues to increase. This places increased pressure on the working age population and towns, cities, counties, and the states to find the revenue to provide proper care.”
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