The “Gray Tsunami”

by Lois Etienne on March 5, 2012

in Senior Health and Safety

The “Gray Tsunami” is evident even now locally. Seniors 65 and older represent 10 percent of Snohomish County’s population today, or about 75,000 people. By 2030, the number jumps to 20 percent, or nearly 200,000 seniors, according to estimates.

Baby boomers will be more politically active than their predecessors. They also will change the perception of what a senior is. Senior centers already are changing their activity schedules to add more energetic activities. The centers will also need to add more job training and computer classes. In the future, senior centers may morph into community centers. Transportation and access will be another challenge. Seniors need easy access to nearby restaurants and shops. More seniors are likely to move to smaller homes closer to other amenities.

All of that being said, 90%+ of all seniors surveyed want to stay in their own homes. So how does that work? That’s where CAREGivers from great companies like Home Instead Senior Care come in. CAREGivers can allow seniors to remain in their own homes and yet make sure they can still get out to visit with friends, take them grocery shopping or on a weekend getaway to the beach. But they can also assist with housekeeping, medication reminders and even end-of-life care. Everyone will have to figure out what works best for them but it’s good to have choices.

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