If every Boomer were to need to go into a skilled nursing facility, the U.S. Government would be bankrupt.
This is not just a U.S. problem. I was at a meeting of international experts on food security. At one point all the delegates were shaking their heads, wondering how their governments could afford to provide retirement benefits and health care for their retiring workforce. One delegate from a country providing “cradle to grave” services was especially worried. He actually said that his country’s goal was to keep people healthy until they turned 82 years old and then hope they all died quickly thereafter. (I hope a great deal of this Soylent Green scenario was lost in the translation….)
What does this mean for us in the U.S.? It is not surprising that federal, state, and local governments have not slashed funding for two community programs: WELLNESS and HOME CARE.
Boomers should look at what their community has to offer for Seniors on both fronts: exercise, craft, and language classes, group lunches, trips, social activities, home care, support for caregivers, etc. Keeping healthy and happy at home is turning into a national priority!

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Bruno‘s expertise is UNIQUE. She holds a B.A. (Mount Holyoke College), M.A. and Ph.D. (New York University) and J.D. (New York Law School).
Dr. Bruno has worked for herself for over 5 years. She was featured in Business Week Magazine and awarded Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 1984 for her consulting services to businesses and governments around the world on international economics, investments, and trade.
Dr. Bruno served 14 years in the U.S. diplomatic corps as an analyst and program coordinator of economic policy issues in the State Department’s Foreign Service abroad and in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Bruno worked 18 years in the private sector as a banking executive, stock, commodity, and real estate broker, and administrator of an academic study abroad program in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Bruno has actively volunteered for over 30 years, including pro bono work for AARP’s Legal Council for the Elderly, the Florida Department of Elder Affair’s Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, and the State Department’s Mentor program.