HOW COVID-19 HAS CHANGED AGING IN AMERICA
If you are looking for good news these days, then look no further: Americans are living longer. Life expectancy is increasing in the United States thanks to medical advances and other innovations that have improved the quality of life. There are currently 72 million baby boomers in our country between the ages of 56 and 74. By 2030, one in five Americans will be over 65 years old. With such an increase of older adults, we have also seen a progression in elder care, but greater advancements will have to be made to support such a growing number of seniors.
Nursing home and senior living communities have long been a popular option for aging adults. There are a wide range of living community options for adults, depending on the type of care and level of activity that is needed. However, care facilities have recently been in the news as being a hotbed for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In fact, studies have shown that up to 40% of all COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in care facilities.