Why Elder Care Should Matter to You Too

24 Aug

I’m committed to finding ways to advocate for aging populations. And while I’ve been lax with original content for this space, I have been dutifully keeping up with the latest in issues relating to seniors, aging, dementia and elder care. I do so by reading as much as I can on these subjects whenever I can steal a moment.

With a rapidly aging global population and the likelihood of more individuals than ever before being afflicted with dementia,there seems to be a new study or report released every day. Many of these studies are from  highly reputable institutions. Others are from businesses looking to profit off the coming “grey tsunami” .

Like most people I know, I tend to pay extra attention to reports that have a direct relation to my own circumstances. That’s why when I sort through my daily delivery of aging-related news certain headlines stand out more than others. Some of these include:

  • Daughters of mothers with Alzheimer’s more likely to acquire Alzheimer’s
  • Migraine sufferers more likely to suffer from dementia
  • Hearing impaired more likely to suffer from dementia
  • Sleeping-in could cause dementia
  • Midlife stress a likely cause of dementia

I can check off every one of the above situations. So if something else doesn’t kill me first, and these studies are correct, my destiny will likely involve the need for long term care. What worries me is that governments and society aren’t moving fast enough to prepare for the onslaught of seniors coming their way. And if they don’t make changes there may not be any caregivers or places left to put myself and my fellow tail-end baby boomers. So that’s why I keep on trying to steal time to write about these issues when I can. That and the fact I’ve spent so much time already trying to navigate the system for the existing seniors in my life.

I have been sharing what I deem to be the more interesting tidbits through my Twitter account. I hope you will follow along with me. If you’re not following already, you can find me on Twitter @judila416.

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