Long Term Care

The Dark Side of Longevity

Historical census data has shown that in the U.S. in 1900, 100,000 people were age 85 and over. In the year 2000, this age group numbered 4,239,587. In 2020, the number will be 6.5 million, and in 2050, it will have grown to 17,970,000!

Clearly, people are living longer today, in greater numbers, than they ever have (disregarding Methuselah of course!) throughout recorded history. Our medical care providers have succeeded in keeping us alive for much longer than they have in the past. As wonderful as this medical technology is, it has not come without costs. With that longevity comes a host of other problems.

Early Onset Dementia/Alzheimer's

The Wall Street Journal carried a heartbreaking, but touching story today about Brian Kammerer, a Wall Street executive who developed Alzheimer's Disease in his mid-30's. He is now 51 years old and continues to struggle, along with his young family, with this terrible disease.

Utah Seniors Will Likely Live Longer Than Most

A recent article in the Deseret News reported that, according to the social networking for Boomers website Eons.com, Utah baby boomers will live an average of 91.62 years.  A study conducted by Dr. Thomas Perls, a Boston University doctor and researcher in the area of aging, was compiled from 650,000 members of the Eons.com web community using a "longevity calculator" available on the site.  Deseret News reported that one of the reasons for the unusually high longevity predictions of Utah's Boomers was the high number of LDS Church members here in Utah and the typically healthy lifestyles they lead when holding to particular tenets of their faith. 

Rising Long-term Care Costs in U.S.

An April 2008 Study of long-term care (LTC) costs for the elderly in United States, published by Genworth Financial, highlights a growing concern for seniors and their family members. According to this study, the national average for the cost of nursing home care is approximately $76,460 per year, which is more than 150% of the average annual income of American households.

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