On Tuesday, the American people will elect the president of the United States, and unless you can see into the future, it’s impossible to know for sure who that will be.
We can narrow it down to one of two, but even polls can’t predict who will emerge to serve from the Oval Office for the next four years. What we do know about the future of the U.S. is that the candidate’s constituents are aging, and issues and challenges surrounding an aged population continue to expand.
What future candidates need to know
Currently, there are more middle-aged Americans than younger ones, and by 2034, the population of seniors
65 and older will reach 77 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
One issue that political candidates always seem to address is Medicare. Somehow, candidates and voters are able to connect the dots in this one instance regarding an aging population. However, other issues will affect the quality of life for seniors now and into the future. We should be talking about those matters, too. The subject of caregiving is one of them.
In 2017, 41 million familial caregivers provided an average of 34 billion hours of care for loved ones, according to a 2019 report by the AARP Public Policy Institute
. This translates to nearly $470 billion dollars that the government would possibly shell out were it not for the contribution of family caregivers.
What we need to remember is that caregivers are also aging. Who will care for those masses when the time arrives?