A new report entitled "The Maturing of America – Communities Moving Forward for an Aging population," conducted by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) found that the social services for older adults have been cut throughout the country in the wake of the Great Recession.
While more work needs to be done, the findings show that specialized emergency services have been on the rise in recent years, as well as in-home agencies that can help older adults age in place.
Additionally, innovative medical alert systems have been developed to help with independent living. These devices act as a medical alarm and can help users reach a call center in the case of an emergency.
Despite these advancements, Sandy Markwood, the CEO of n4a, believes that policies need to be implemented that put the aging population at the forefront of national consciousness.
"Although communities have done an admirable job to maintain the status quo considering the economic conditions we’ve faced, given the dramatic aging demographics, the status quo is not good enough. These findings should be a major wake-up call for local governments and should motivate them to take immediate actions that will address the challenge and opportunities at hand," she said.