Boomers who anticipate aging in place should take note: Communities, government and the public and private sectors will have to make major changes to accommodate boomers’ needs as they age and are able to do less for themselves, a report from MetLife predicts.
The “The MetLife Report on Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge” focuses on the over-65 set.
“Wherever older individuals live, whether in their own homes or in a care facility, the setting may be inefficient for many people, since a person’s need for care fluctuates as medical conditions come and go, often resulting in the need to move back and forth between multiple care settings,” Sandra Timmermann, Ed.D., director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute, said in a press release. She called for integration of services to limit stresses on boomers and their future caregivers.
The report identified health care, supplies and transportation as industries with new business opportunities for integration. Furthermore, a new industry, “assistive technology,” will arise as boomers try to connect their homes to networks that monitor their health.