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Frank was a Silver Orphan, one of 11 million seniors in the U.S. who live alone. Most still have family members, but about 15 percent of seniors who need care have no family support.
The oldest baby boomers turned 60 in 2006, and when the trend peaks in 2030, the number of people over age 65 will soar to 71.5 million - one in every five Americans. Yet, over half of America’s communities have not initiated preparation to deal with the aging population.
Aging is taking place alongside other broad social trends that will affect the lives of older people. Economies are globalizing, people are more likely to live in cities, and technology is evolving rapidly. Demographic and family changes mean there will be fewer older people with families to care for them. People today have fewer children, are less likely to be married, and are less likely to live with older generations. With declining support from families, society will need better information and tools to ensure the well-being of the growing number of older citizens.
Unless this situation is addressed, we will soon be engulfed in a tidal wave of Silver Orphans.