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"Old age ain’t no place for sissies" More than ever America’s 50M seniors need to know their rights

Theatre and film icon, Bette Davis said it best: “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”

8th April 1975: Bette Davis, the American actress, in the back of a car while visiting Perth, Australia, for a show at the Entertainment Centre. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Davis died at the ripe old age of 81 on October 6, 1989, though, just prior to the age of preventative medicine-when health care providers could and would order a myriad of tests with the focus on wellness.  Those days are gone.

Davis knew one thing, though, that’s true in every era. Seniors have it tough. From brutal insurance industry shifts to a relentless focus on millennials, it’s a jungle out there for nearly 50 million U.S. residents aged 65 and older. And one senior care advocate, who just happens to be a senior himself, wants to arm older Americans with the information to face the ever-changing Medicare, insurance and health care landscape.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. reached a milestone in November of 2016 when its senior population surpassed 50 million for the first time in its history. That’s more than the population of 25 states combined. It’s enough to wrap around the world twice if all U.S. seniors held hands.

(Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)

2014 National Population Projections. “An Aging Nation”

In fact the senior population is expected to climb to 83 million by 2050, the Census Bureau reports. Because of the post-World War II baby boom and current longer life expectancy, the U.S. is facing a nationwide surge in the aging population over the next few decades. That surge is expected to result in more Medicare beneficiaries and higher Medicare spending, while at the same time fewer citizens paying into the system.

This changing population dynamic presents challenges not only for government but for seniors themselves. And like with most things in life, knowledge is power.

Senior care advocate and expert, John Taylor said Medicare is proactively working to address the growing needs of the senior population in the U.S. and its medical care needs.  “This approach is delivering a critical shift from a fee-for-services approach to a partnered strategy that requires health care givers to work together to collectively deliver the best health outcomes.”

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinseatonjefferson/2017/09/27/old-age-aint-no-place-for-sissies-more-than-ever-americas-50m-seniors-need-to-know-their-rights/

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