One of the most famous demographers (studying demographics) in the United States is Ken Dichtwald. He has written 16 books on the subject and consults with presidents, world leaders and CEOs of large corporations. Not only does he study the demographics of the United States, but he also has something to say about the ageing population of Japan, China and Europe.
Recently reread; “The Power of Age – How the 21st Century Will Be Swayed by the Old” by Ken Dichtwald, Ph.D., Penguin Putnam Book Publishers, New York, 266 pages, ISBN: 0-87477-594-5. Although this book was written in 1999, reprinted in 2000 and became a bestseller, what has changed since then? In fact, not so much, and all of Ken’s predictions are now coming true.
Most of us are aware of this problem, and most of us have elderly family members who may soon need long-term care and guardians. Are we ready for what we will do when the time comes as we learn that it’s time to get more help for mom or dad?
How serious is the problem? Ken Dichtwald talks about the demographic “train wreck” and the coming demographic crisis in the United States. No, it’s not just here, but here it could become a much bigger problem. He says: “The health crisis could become a social and economic divide of the 21st century.”
While Ken Dichtwald, Ph.D. Did you mean with that statement? Well, it’s simple: families won’t have enough money to take care of all the seniors in the last decade of their lives, or money at the U.S. Treasury to pay all carers at the time. He also explains that unless tens of millions of caregivers are trained over the next decade, there will not be enough people to meet demand – even for families who can afford it.
Will new discoveries save us all for a long life? “Don’t count on it,” Says Dichtwald, “with the development of technology, we can live a little longer, but in the end we will need help, and if health care costs continue to rise, it will play a role.”
After reading the sixth chapter of this book; “The Caregiving Crunch” I am even more convinced that there is a great need for reasonable and affordable home care, because families need an agency with trained, reliable and supervised guardians. It’s more necessary than ever. This niche needs to be filled. Older people in our country and their quality of life depend on it.