[EDITORIAL NOTE: If you missed yesterday’s post or put off participating, it would be terrific if you added a “review” of an elderblogger. And if you have been taking part in the Where Elders Blog feature only as a voyeur, we are waiting to see where you blog too.]
A new survey commissioned by Clarity, which makes products to help those with hearing loss, contains some interesting data about “Attitudes of Seniors and Baby Boomers on Aging in Place.” It’s a wide-ranging survey with, to me, some surprising results.
For all the media hysteria about the burdens of the “sandwich generation” – mostly boomers who care for both aging parents and growing children - there doesn't appar to be much to warrant the media's attention. Eighty percent are only somewhat or not concerned about their parents moving in with them, and 76 percent are only somewhat or not concerned about financially supporting aging parents.
Jewish sons’ eternal frustration with mothers who phone too often notwithstanding, both adult children and aging parents mostly think the amount of involvement with one another is just about right.
Since this is a survey on aging in place, both groups – boomers and seniors - were asked about monitoring parents’ health by placing cameras in their homes. Personally, I find this abhorrent and wonder that if cameras are necessary, whether the person should be living alone, and I wasn't surprised at the level of rejection of it by both age groups.
As all past surveys have shown, old people overwhelming want to stay in their homes as they age. There is much that communities, federal and local governments, non-profits, adult children and elders themselves can do to help make this possible, but it’s not getting done yet at the rate that is needed.
Seniors, defined as age 65 and older, have a way to go to catch up with the number of other age groups in use of computer technology. About half are not comfortable with or do not use a computer, email or the internet. But other surveys show they are the fastest-growing age group online.
What also did not surprise me in the survey is what seniors fear most. Losing independence came in first and fear of one’s own death tied for last place.
There are a lot of other interesting statistics in the “Attitudes of Seniors and Baby Boomers on Aging in Place” survey and it’s easy to read. Don’t be put off by the 157 pages; they are mostly graphs like the ones above and you can download the PDF file at the Clarity Products website. [Scroll down to "Aging in Place" section]
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Leah Aronoff is having a Flash Back to a fearful walk home from school every day when she was a kid.]