As people age, the hope is that their lives become easier. Retirement is anxiously awaited as a time to relax. The “Golden Years” can be the best of times in life, but it isn’t without concerns that are specific to the elderly.
Aging often brings a need for more medical care that negatively affect the retirement budget
Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Cataracts, Muscle Degeneration and Osteoporosis and other conditions that threaten day-to-day functions
Aging causes a slowing of movement and reaction time; sight decline weaker bones.
The older a person becomes the greater the need for regular exercise
Shopping, doctor appointments, house cleaning all become more difficult, where and how do you find good help?
The rising cost for everything on affixed income, will it last?
Loss of friends through death, disease, and relocation creates a sense of being alone, very crucial for time with family, activities, socializing and helping to provide a means to make new friends
Many unscrupulous people preying on the elderly. Important to never give any personal financial information to anyone over the phone.
Facilities are understaffed and frustration can lead to neglect or abuse, the same can be said of a family caregiver
Decline in vision and reaction time can, and often does, lead to unsafe driving
Identifying public transportation, senior center transportation, etc. is a very good alternative
Many businesses now have delivery services
Technology may very well be the biggest social hurdle for seniors
Many local libraries have computers and offer training