In a recent post for eCaring.com, Melody Wilding takes a look at the state of aging veterans in our nation.
She opens with the history of the upcoming holiday, which will be observed this Sunday, and shares these noteworthy statistics: “9.7 million veterans are age 65 and over and the number of veterans age 85 and over more than tripled between 2000 and 2010.”
Enter a new long-term care challenge: providing healthcare, services and support for this burgeoning group of seniors.
While there are already a number special benefits and programs specifically dedicated to serving veterans at home or in a senior living community (i.e. the Aid & Attendance benefit, which you can read more about here), Wilding’s article references data from the Department of Veteran Affairs that suggests veterans often deal with more “functional limitations in the activities of daily living” than their civilian counterparts. Also, over 6 million veterans have a disability; new research also indicates they “age at an accelerated rate” and are at an increased risk of issues like high blood sugar, obesity or hypertension.