Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises” purrs about a “storm coming” — an epic clash between the haves and have nots over financial solvency and greed. But forget about the storm; America is poised to face a huge “gray wave” as more than 77 million baby boomers turn 65 (that’s 10,000 “Happy Birthdays” a day) and live longer than their predecessors.
Is the country ready to deal with an aging population on such a grand scale? An aging survey released today by the National Council On Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA Today begins to broach that question.
The United States of Aging Survey asked 2,250 American adults ages 60 and up on pressing issues such as financial security, housing, transportation and health. While it didn’t answer the larger question of America’s readiness to handle a growing aging population that wants to age in place, it did provide a snapshot into respondents’ “own individual readiness for aging as well as their perceptions of their community’s resources for senior residents,” according to the survey.