When I joined Senior Community Centers 17 years ago, our nutritional program provided a nutritious lunch each day, Monday through Friday, to San Diego’s low-income seniors. For many, it was their only meal of the day. I observed seniors saving the apple or banana from their tray to eat for dinner.
Here in San Diego, one in 10 people are over the age of 65, and that number will double by 2030 as more of the Baby Boom generation become seniors. This “graying of America” will put tremendous strain on our infrastructure, especially the Medicare system.
In November 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics giving us a real snapshot of what the U.S. senior population looks like now and what is to come in the future. And it’s a warning for all of us.
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