Call it the wrinkling of the American population: in the next 30 years the number of people 65 and older will double to 80 million, but these wrinkles will be anything but uniform. The face of aging is changing as the elderly population in the U.S. becomes more racially, ethnically and socially diverse. Consider this:
- Currently 1 of 5 older Americans are members of a racial or ethnic minority. By 2030, this number is projected to total almost 1 in 3.
- By 2050, Latinos are projected to make up 20% of those 65 and older.
- Nearly 12% of seniors are separated or divorced, almost three times as many as in 1970.
- And by 2030 the number of LGBT elders will double to over four million.
- There will be a projected 200% increase in the Asian and Pacific Islander populations during the next few decades.
The challenge for those who care for elders is how to evolve along with the changing face of aging. The Jewish Home legacy of person-centered care is an anchor for an approach to caring for a more diverse population. But beyond recognizing the needs of each individual, there are implications for staff training and development, and evolution of activities offered, languages used, food served and particularly the assumptions we make about the lives and families of the elders we serve.
Jewish Home is preparing for and adapting to the changing face of aging. From staff diversity initiatives, to the provision of communication services for those with hearing loss or other disabilities, to all-staff training to make our facilities LGBT welcoming (please read our LGBT FAQ), to offering telehealth devices with dialogues in many languages, Jewish Home is committed to being on the forefront of the changing face of aging.
Frequently Asked Questions on LGBT issues, courtesy of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) and National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
We are proud to have been awarded credentials from SAGECare, reflecting our commitment to being welcoming and supportive to LGBT elders.