Aging is a global phenomenon challenging societies across the globe. By 2050, the number of elderly persons is projected to more than double.

You are in good company

Becoming a senior citizen—often is not the easiest part of life. However, here’s the good news: you are not alone. You’re retired from work; you have no more official tasks to perform—that’s a transition which may be difficult. A colleague takes over, your expertise is not of interest anymore, and the younger generation starts building its own expertise.

Nevertheless, as a senior citizen, you have the chance to start again, find new directions in life, and take up interesting hobbies that keep your body and mind busy. Naturally, when growing older, the body eventually becomes more vulnerable. You will need more time to rest, recuperation will take longer, and you might experience little aches and pains now and then.

Freshmen in the elderly community

You are a part of the elderly generation now but you are the freshman, you are only a little over 60 years old. Isn’t this appealing? What exactly defines the age at which you join the elderly community? (*)Is there a certain number that prescribes it? The answer to this question is no; there are no boundaries. Everything is flexible at this advanced stage of life. That the elderly community is expanding in a big way is a proven fact.

With a healthy lifestyle, well-being, and a good health care system, longevity is rising, and more and more citizens are entering the elderly community. This section of our society has earned respect and has become a voice to be heard. This is a new development, a movement that clearly has to be taken into consideration by society and governments when planning for the future.

A declared trend: Independent living at home

The population is growing older, a development documented by facts and figures. A recent report from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs states that “the percentage of the global population aged 60 years or over increased from 8.5 percent in 1980 to 12.3 percent in 2015 and is projected to rise further to 21.5 percent in 2050. By 2050, the projected 434 million people aged 80 or over will account for 21 percent of the global population over age 60.”

The Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging states that “it recognizes population {aging}—the shift towards a larger proportion of older persons in the population—as an important global trend.” Our society will have to recognize this trend in creating and preparing an environment with appropriate infrastructure to help, support, and take care of the needs of the growing senior-citizen community.

This is a real challenge for future generations and a global issue. Some elderly persons are already in need of support, whereas others are not there yet; it all depends on their health and well-being. What almost all senior citizens have in common, however, is that they want to keep their independence at home and enjoy a happy and healthy life as long as possible.

The movement: Giving the elderly a voice

This section of the population deserves privacy, freedom, dignity, and respect. Granting them these rights involves not only caring for older persons but also continuously working to develop solutions for their well-being and good health. The elderly have a right to their own voices; they deserve to be recognized as a generation with specific needs and to be sustainably integrated into society as a whole.

Vitae Care provides caring services and is by your side every step of the way. We will regularly talk and write about the Vitae Care Movement, providing a voice for the elderly and in-home care solutions. Please stay tuned for new insights about financial perspectives, housing options, in-home health care services, and social impacts of aging such as growing isolation and loneliness.