Americans Believe Their Communities Are Ill-Prepared For Aging Population
As most of us know, the “Silver Tsunami” is fast approaching. America is graying – over 10,000 people turn 65 years of age every day – and we’re living longer. But, a new survey released today by Pfizer as part of their Get Old initiative, indicates that, while 9 out of 10 respondents think they will live a long life, less than 30% said they believe their community is very prepared to support an aging population.
Get Old is an initiative created by Pfizer a year ago to encourage productive conversation and actions around aging and living better. To encourage more people to take a more active role in their health at every age, Pfizer is working with advocacy group Generations United and others to ask Americans to consider: how do you want to Get Old? Participants can share their stories at a Pfizer-supported event in Times Square today and online at http://www.getold.com.
“Our communities should be places where we can grow up and grow old and where, no matter what our age, we feel connected and engaged,” says Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United, an advocacy organization focused on improving the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs and public policies. “Good communities, like lives well lived, don’t just happen. They require careful planning and nurturing. Let’s start thinking ahead to what we need to do to prepare for a healthy, older America.”
Only 17% of those surveyed believe their communities are very prepared to provide home care-giving for the aging, and only 20% – more believe their communities are very prepared to provide healthcare facilities. Almost half of all survey respondents said that their cities are not prepared to address the transportation needs of older people.
A large majority (78%) of those surveyed believe that people who work past retirement age stay healthier longer and are happier, but almost 50 percent felt their city was ill-prepared to offer job opportunities to an aging workforce.
At Accessible Home Living our goal is to create liveable communities with barrier-free homes accessible to everyone that will allow seniors to age in place or establish multi-generational households. Creating these living environments is going to be a critical factor for insuring that we all can Get Old in a healthy, happy and safe way.