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Older Adults in Transition

Older Adults in Transition

Aging Statistics
The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9 percent of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4 percent of the population in the year 2000, but are expected to grow to be 19 percent of the population by 2030. Source AoA.gov

Elders and Families
The following resources connect older persons, caregivers, and professionals to important federal, national, and local programs:

• Find Local Programs—The Eldercare-Locator Website links you to state and local agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers: eldercare.gov.

• Check for Benefits—Website helps consumers find benefits programs that help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, rent, utilities, and other needs. The Website includes information from more than 1,650 public and private benefits programs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia: benefitscheckup.org.

• Explore National Resources—A part of the Eldercare Locator Website, here you will find useful topic-specific resources for older adults, caregivers and aging professionals: eldercare.gov/resources.

• Medicare Information—U.S. Government Website for the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools: medicare.gov.

• Long-Term Care Planning—Long-term care includes a variety of services and supports to meet health or personal-care needs over an extended period of time. The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information Website provides information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care: longtermcare.gov.

Allowing seniors to live well and age well where they live is vitally important to their stability, security, and peace of mind. As you select a senior living environment for your loved one, look for a facility that keeps up with the latest research in senior care, provides nutritious meals, offers a variety of opportunities for social interaction, and organizes healthy activities that include some form of exercise. Plan to visit several senior living communities to experience and evaluate their services and make an informed choice; a positive and energetic staff, well-designed living space, and meaningful programming can help residents live life to the fullest.

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