Is Louisiana Taking Care Of Its Growing Senior Population

Brian spoke to Paul Hogan, the USA Today Best Selling author of “Stages of Senior Care”, about a huge problem that U.S citizens are facing today and will continue to face for many more years to come. The U.S population is older than ever. This issue is not only relevant just to seniors, but also those with senior parents.

This is the first time in the history of the world where we see more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 15 but people are also living longer lives. In 2016, women who reached the age of 65 can expect to live to nearly 86 years old and men up to 83 years.

What percentage of Americans are seniors?

Today, the U.S population shows 17% of people over 65 years today but in 10 years it is projected to increase up to 21%. More than 25 million Americans, whose age is higher than 60 years, are economically insecure since they struggle with rising housing, health care bills, inadequate nutrition, transportation, job loss, just to mention some. In fact, in 2017 more than 7 million seniors lived in poverty in the U.S. There are not enough resources in the country to take care of this massive number of people entering into the senior years and the country is not prepared either to deal with the challenges to be faced.

What percentage of Louisianans are seniors?

Louisiana has shown steady growth over the years, and as of 2019, the state’s population is estimated to be 4.68 million.  According to Senior, 12% of the population in Louisiana are seniors. The number of people aged 65 and over in Louisiana is projected to rise 42% over the next 15 years. Baton Rouge is the second-largest metropolitan city in Louisiana with a population estimated at 230,000. 11% of the population in Baton Rouge are seniors and 30% of those seniors live alone.

Is Louisiana taking care of its seniors?

According to Louisiana Budget Project, Louisiana ranks among the worst states in the nation with a greater percentage of senior citizens experience food insecurity. Seniors started to reduce the quality and quantity of their food because they lacked the money for nutritious meals. There are only 4,567 working seniors in Baton Rouge and 20% of the senior population in Baton Rouge are veterans.

Society is definitely changing, soon we will start seeing more and more adults around and those people over the age of 65 will outnumber the youth. According to Hogan, it is important that through every day acts of understanding and kindness we help make the aging experience for the seniors more positive.