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This isn't good, folks. A new study has revealed that the number of older homeless people is expected to increase by 33% in the next ten years, and likely to double by 2050. Much of this is because of the fact that boomers are now getting older:
A great contributor to this phenomenon is the fact that the Baby Boomer Generation is now hitting 65. Already, about 45 million Americans are considered senior citizens and according to U.S. Census projections, that number is expected to grow to 60 million, topping off at 90 million by the year 2050. These numbers mean that added services such as housing, health care, and nutrition will greatly be needed.
"A significant percentage of the seniors that enter into the homeless population will be veterans and many VA facilities are anticipating this," states Mary Jo Leste, Chief Executive Officer of Senior Smart, Inc., a marketing company specializing in assisted living and home hospice referrals (see http://www.800seniors.com). Some VA sites are building multi-story complexes to house their homeless veteran population, along with plans to expand their nursing facilities. Also, building "cottages" that function as assisted living homes are one of the many ways VA facilities across the country are preparing for the coming senior boom.
It looks like we're going to have to start preparing for an even bigger crisis than we already have with our current state of homelessness in the U.S. Also check out this recent AARP piece on how the recession and foreclosure rate is driving up the numbers of homeless people in the U.S.