Living options In Late Life

Living options In - Living options In Late Life Cohabitation/room mates Family Caretaking Assisted living Nursing homes The population of elderly

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Living options In Late Life Cohabitation/room mates Family Caretaking Assisted living Nursing homes The population of elderly people in this country is increasing. As the baby boomers move into retirement age more questions arise. Who will be taking care of this large group of elderly citizens? Will the government put forth the effort needed to make sure these citizens are taken care of properly or will care fall on the responsibility of the family or community? I will be examining some of the living arrangements and other options available to the older population. Cohabitation and Room mates It is estimated that almost five percent of people over the age fifty cohabitate. Cohabitation can occur for many reasons. Concerning the older population who cohabitate it is not usually a prelude to marriage. Cohabitation usually comes because it is an alternative to entering a marriage. Older people are less likely to want to enter into marriage in later years because it is usually a second marriage due to divorce or widowhood. Cohabitation is more likely for older men than women. It is also more likely for cohabitation to be an option if the individuals are in a bad economic state. Cohabitation also brings the comfort of having someone else in the home to care for the other if illness strikes or if aging becomes problematic with every day chores and activities. Having the comfort of having someone there for companionship can also be a great escape and can be beneficial for mental health. Another option many younger people take part in is living with roommates. This is an increasing phenemonon in communities with high numbers of older people. It is becoming more common for single or widowed women to move in with friends. This is more prevalent with women than men probably due to the fact women often outlive their husbands leading to high numbers of widowed women. This is beneficial for many of the same reasons cohabitations is beneficial. Living with roommates takes stress off the financial situation and provides companionship. For example my grandmother lives with one of her friends. At first I found it to be a little out of the ordinary but I realized that there were significant benefits to living with someone whether you are in a romantic relationship with them or not. They shop together, they go to bingo together and even play card and board games on
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course PSY 385 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Central Mich..

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Living options In - Living options In Late Life Cohabitation/room mates Family Caretaking Assisted living Nursing homes The population of elderly

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