Magazine article USA TODAY

Forecasts for an Aging Society

Magazine article USA TODAY

Forecasts for an Aging Society

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Baby boomers now caring for aging parents will soon join the senior ranks themselves. What will the world of 2020 be like for this large elderly population?

"A period of great change in elder care looms," health care expert Sam L. Ervin told the World Future Society, Bethesda, Md. He sees trouble ahead because an increasingly older American population will face an elder care system with fewer caregivers and less money.

To help people prepare for this fast-approaching future, Ervin offers 12 forecasts that describe the facts of life for an aging America:

The retired will work again. More seniors are likely to reenter the labor force. Many will need that steady paycheck.

Technology will boost independence. Elder-friendly technology will help seniors work and connect with friends and health care providers.

Fitness will be a priority. Health plans may offer personal trainers and fitness club memberships to seniors.

"Senior-mobiles" are coming. Cars with higher seats and easy-to-read gauges could help seniors maintain independence.

They will vote, Older Americans will wield the most power of any demographic group in the voting booth. …

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