by – Sheri de Grom
What are the chances you’ll become an elder orphan? Are you 65 or older, without children and alone?
No one knows exactly how many individuals fall into this newly-created medical care category. The theory is that 25% of all Americans over age 65 are at risk of becoming elder orphans or should already be classified as such.
This vulnerable population already exists, but they have no voice or support system. Elder orphans must have advocates. However, their needs must be defined first.
We do know elder orphans are aging alone, with no known family member or designated surrogate to act on their behalf. It’s imperative we determine which community, social services, emergency responses and educational resources can help them.
This population is growing as society ages and life expectancy increases.
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The University of Michigan conducted an extensive survey…
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