Why Should We Help the Aging Population?
We could all benefit from more care and kindness in today’s fast-paced world. But aging adults, many of whom struggle with issues like loneliness and finances, need us more than ever. As our aging population grows and birth rates decline, we’re left with the difficult question: Who will be ready to care for adults as they age?
Know the Facts and Statistics about Our Aging Population
There's no way around it - our global population is aging. For the first time in history, there are more adults over age 65 than children under age 5 - creating a greater need for care than ever before. And with limited resources to help support this demographic shift, many seniors are faced with a tough road ahead.
The Senior Disconnect
Statistics on Senior Loneliness and Isolation
One of the most consistent challenges older adults face is maintaining the same social interaction with friends and family they once had. By connecting aging adults to people and resources, we can help end loneliness and isolation.
- More than 40% of aging adults experience loneliness on a regular basis
- 1 in 4 older adults are considered socially isolated
- Loneliness contributes to a 50% increase in issues such as depression
- The health risks of isolation are equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes each day for a year
Declining Quality of Life
Older Adults and Chronic Conditions
As we age, we’re more at risk for chronic health issues that can impact our quality of life.
- 80% of adults 65+ have at least one chronic condition
- 14% of older adults seek treatment for depression
- Poor social relationships increase the risk of strokes and heart disease