Silver Tsunami Makes Waves of Isolation

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The term ‘Silver Tsunami’ conjures up a visual tidal wave and for good reason. According to the United States Census Bureau there are more than 56 million adults ages 65 and older that live in the United States which accounts for about 16.9% of the nation’s total population.

Because of shifting societal values such as an increase of women in the workplace, couples choosing not to have children, and more acceptable attitudes on being single, separated or divorced, more Americans ages 50 or older are living alone, according to a recent New York Times article, As Gen X and Boomers Age, They Confront Living Alone.

Living alone at any age is a challenge given the financial cost of housing. Now imagine you are 50 years of age or older and have a house to maintain! Many seniors who are either semi-retired or fully retired, live on a limited income, which further impacts the day-to-day challenges of cleaning, laundry, food shopping and food preparation, lawn and landscape care, home repairs, personal care, and sometimes a lack of transportation if they themselves aren’t drivers.

An aging population of older Americans living alone means it’s likely they don’t have the emotional and financial support of a spouse, adult children, or housemate. Unmarried and living alone people can easily experience fear in the everyday navigation of keeping themselves healthy both mentally and physically. With no one to work through important decisions, an individual can be prone to feelings of isolation which over a prolonged period, can impinge on their overall health.

Research from the National Institute on Aging, points to social isolation as a risk factor that contributes to a ‘variety of physical and mental conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.

An elder law attorney works with every client to build a plan for their future that includes increased care, financial challenges, decision-making, and final wishes.

Nelson Elder Care law is an award-winning law firm with two convenient offices located in Woodstock and Marietta, Georgia. We have helped hundreds of families and individuals make life-changing critical decisions. Our team is ready to assist you with a complimentary review of senior living facts and how they relate to your unique situation. This process is designed with you in mind, so that you can make informed decisions that will address your quality of life. Call to schedule your free legal analysis today.

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