The Growth of Homelessness in the Baby Boomer Generation

When you think about retirement, do you dream of sunny skies and the time to do all of the things you didn’t have time for while working? Unfortunately, a growing number of baby boomers today are facing a serious problem upon retirement—homelessness. In fact, if the current trends continue, the number of aging homeless in three major metropolitan areas will double by 2030.

The Challenges of Homeless Baby Boomers

The growing population of homeless baby boomers is presenting cities and counties with unique challenges. Seniors are more likely to have complex medical problems that traditional homeless shelters are not equipped to handle. Hospitals do not have the space to accommodate elderly people who are too sick to live in a shelter but not in need of acute care.

Why Are There So Many Homeless Baby Boomers?

The study of homeless populations in three metropolitan areas (Boston, New York and Los Angeles County) found that many of the baby boomers who find themselves homeless were part of the wave of younger, less educated seniors who faced serious economic challenges when growing up and never recovered. During that wave, a disproportionate number of people became homeless. Many now-homeless baby boomers worked physically demanding, low-paying jobs that lacked pensions and benefits. As a result, a life spent barely making ends meet has led to this. Some of them remain homeless today, and other seniors who lacked sufficient retirement savings are joining them.

What Can Be Done?

Some cities are creating new housing facilities for aging homeless populations. The amount of money currently spent on medical care and inadequate shelters could be funneled into new nursing homes and senior care facilities that can accommodate these populations. This problem will also require new solutions, as the current rate of increase in the homeless population will far outweigh any small new housing developments. Homelessness prevention is far less expensive than interventions after the fact, just like disease prevention is always less expensive than treating a late-stage illness.

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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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