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Dr. Carney, "There is potentially no structure to address this population, as this population is hidden
right before us. Our goal is to highlight that this is a
vulnerable population that is likely to increase, and
we need to determine what community, social services, emergency response and educational resources
can help."
People who are likely to be elder orphans are
strongly advised to plan far ahead for future care
needs.
Planning ahead makes it more likely that a senior
will be able to live longer at home. Some boomers
are banding into "villages"-communities in which
seniors can age in place while contracting together
for services such as home repairs, transportation and
in-home care. Home sharing is another option, with
seniors living together or perhaps providing housing
for students in exchange for care assistance. There are
many options-but with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, the time to plan on the individual,
community and national levels is now!

HOUSING

Elder orphans are vulnerable to a
wide range of negative outcomes that
include functional decline, mental
health issues and premature death.

Boomers should
consider these questions
n Are my financial affairs in order? Have I saved
enough to pay for care if I need it?
n Will my home be a good fit for my needs as I grow
older? Is it safe and accessible? Could home modifications make it a better fit? Should I consider a
move to a smaller home or a senior living community?
n Would the area where I now live be a good place
to spend my later years? Is it safe, walkable, with
the services I will need? If I were to develop mobility challenges, would I still be able to remain active and engaged?
n What support services would be available to help
me with my personal care needs and taking care of
my home? What does my local senior services agency offer? What reputable in-home care agencies are
nearby? Should I hire an elder attorney? A geriatric
care manager?

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