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2 Million Seniors May be Without Care :Senior Housing News: “according to an infographic created by Assisted Living Today. 

While 10,000 baby boomers are reaching senior status each day, and will continue to do so for nearly 20 years, according to U.S. Census data, nursing homes around the nation are closing. Both the Western and Southern regions have experienced high rates of closure, at 17% and 18%, respectively.

 The Northeast and Midwest US  each have nursing home closure rates of 14%. In 10 years, 70 million Americans will be aged 65 or older, and at the current rate of population growth and closure, only 40% of the senior population will have an opportunity to live in a nursing home, says Assisted Living 

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Originally posted on visualdatacharts:

the aging americans

The rapidly shrinking population

The Unites States of America is getting older .According to a government report shows that fewer than one in five men 65 and older were part of the labor force in 2003. In 1950, nearly half the men that age were still working.The labor force will continue to age, with the annual
growth rate of the 55-years-and-older group projected to be nearly 4 times that of the overall labor force; as the participation rates of older
age groups increase, the older population’s share
of the workforce will rise.The youth labor force stood at 22.4 million in 2002 which grew  to  to 24.4 million, at the end of 2012.

Theincrease is significantly more than that posted in the previous decade. For the labor force aged 25 to 54 years, the projectedincrease is 5.1 million, significantly less than the increase over the 1992–2002 period
Women are working in much larger numbers earlier…

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When we are lonely…

May 16, 2014

Originally posted on :

Take 3 minutes to watch this and you will feel better. How can one not feel inspired by this video about Brazilian teens learning English by speaking to lonely American elderly?

It’s amazing how isolated our teens and seniors can still be in our social media networked world and I loved the creativity of helping cross the paths between generations. If you do know a teen or a senior, give them a call today – love at random times is always appreciated!

Alexandra T. Greenhill, MD, Co-founder CEO myBestHelper

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Originally posted on Age UK Blog:

This guest blog was contributed by Dr Ilona Haslewood, Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

As part of the latest British Academy Debates series on ageing on 26 March, five contributors, including myself, discussed representations of older people  in literature, arts, culture and the media, under the somewhat challenging title of ‘Too old and ugly to be useful?. Ultimately, it was a foregone conclusion from the start: none of us could disagree with the basic claim that current representations are still overwhelmingly negative, showing older age as a period of decline, something to be fearful of. So what’s there to learn, then? A lot, it seems, both from history and from the present.

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Adiós, Gabo

April 18, 2014

Originally posted on -- ✄ - ✄ - the smallest forest - ✄ - ✄ --:

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Humanity has lost one of its brightest lights. Heartbroken, today, to hear the news of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s passing. I read One Hundred Years of Solitude when I was 17, and it set the rest of my life on fire. Both beacon and doorway, it set me off on a quest to make beauty, integrity, and the magic of the everyday world a part of my life.

cien años de soledadYou will never grow old. You will never be forgotten. We will speak your name with love and longing, always. Live forever in the dreams pursued by those whose lives you entered and altered.

“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the…

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Originally posted on Enterprise Essentials:

??????????????????????????????? The age-old debate – the energy and exuberance of youth versus the calm wisdom of age and experience – is alive and kicking in the world of business start-ups. Entrepreneurship is increasingly being touted as a cool and liberating career choice, and certainly technology is making start-up more possible, if not necessarily more sustainable. But alongside the young and dynamic entrepreneur, what role is there for the so-called ‘older-preneur’?

With evidence suggesting people in employment stay healthier for longer, pension pots under strain, and ageism still rife in the office, could business creation by older people make both social and economic sense?

In the not-for-private-profit sector, past curmudgeonly comments from Liam Black, former CEO of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, confirm his consistent and healthy distain for what he sees as social enterprise spin. More recently he’s been cautioning wannabe social entrepreneurs in his usual forthright way, advising them to “Get some…

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