In 2014, people aged 65 or older made up approximately 14.5% of the total population of the United States. In the next sixteen years, people aged 65 years or older are expected to outnumber the under-18 population. As the Senior population continues to grow, we need to be increasingly diligent about guarding against elder abuse.
As of 2017, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. That equates to about one in 8 seniors. Alzheimer's is now the 6th leading cause of death in our country, raising concerns about caring for these individuals as baby boomers continue to age.
Dementia is a disease that is becoming increasingly prevalent among our senior population. The Alzheimer's Association has stated that approximately 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Dementia patients encompass those with Alzheimer's but also includes other brain impairments with symptoms of memory disorder, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. As the population of those above 65 years old continues to rise, the population of dementia patients is on the rise as well.
One of the most common issues related to the care of senior citizens is related to companionship. This is a particularly common issue if the person is still in their home. The elderly often have health problems which prevent them from regularly leaving their home. It is often the case that they live alone. Even when the senior has regular visitors there will be times when they are alone and loneliness can become an issue.
Medicaid is very complex and very confusing. As a result, it is difficult to obtain accurate information, leading to an abundance of misinformation. Fortunately, it is easy to clear up many of the most common misconceptions.
There are many horror stories about probate. Everyone seems to have a story about someone they know who had a will contest or whose family was fractured because they fought about the property of a loved one. No one wants to go through this or for their family to go through this after they are gone. Avoiding probate, therefore, is a common goal of estate planning.
Identity theft is incredibly frightening to most people. What the identity thief can do is nearly endless. The thief can take all of your money, create credit cards in your name, even take out loans. Even if you are able to catch the problem, you could spend the next several months attempting to get rid of charges or repair your credit.
Everyone wants to be in control of their own life. They want to make their own financial, personal, and medical decisions. Unfortunately, situations, such as stroke and dementia, arise which prevent people from making decisions for themselves. When this occurs, someone else must have the authority to make decisions for that person. If the person has not designated an agent for themselves with the appropriate legal documents, they will have to go through a court process known as guardianship.
For most people, Veteran's Benefits seem almost mythical. You may have heard of a relative of a friend who was able to receive some assistance to cover medical expenses, but are unsure if you qualify and where to even begin.
Blood pressure is often referred to as the "silent killer." For about 75 million Americans-1 out of every 3-it is a daily fact of life (CDC.gov).