Will The Digital Age Replace The Care Given By Humans?

Posted by Bernie Reifkind on April 21, 2010

Of course not.  In addition: the senior housing industry is “booming.”

According to the Assisted Living Federation of America there is some extremely relevant employment health care news:

“With the data-collection phase for the latest census well underway, the U.S. Census Bureau has begun releasing detailed reports and trends from the 2006 census. Among the analyses and reports is a close look at the nation’s boomers, who make up 26.1 percent of the U.S. population. Boomers are a pivotal group for senior living companies – many are helping parents settle into senior living communities now, and down the road, they’ll make up a major segment seeking long-term care.

There are 78 million baby boomers in the United States. Classified as being born between 1946 and 1964, boomers are predominantly white, married, have some college education, and were employed in 2006, according to a USA Today report. Additionally, 86 percent of boomers were born in the United States; 14 percent were born in other countries.

“Knowing a lot about the age group will help identify demographic and social trends,” Carrie Werner, a U.S. Census Bureau statistician said in a USA Today interview. Werner has work specifically on tracking trends among the baby boomer population.

Here are some other 2006 findings from the U.S. Census Bureau, specific to baby boomers.

Five states with the largest number of boomers

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. New York
  4. Florida
  5. Pennsylvania

Five counties with the most boomers

  1. Los Angeles County, CA
  2. Cook County, IL
  3. Harris County, TX
  4. Maricopa County, AZ
  5. Orange County, CA

Racial makeup

  • White only 82.2%
  • Black only 11.6%
  • Asian only 4.3%
  • American Indian and Alaskan Native alone 0.9%
  • Two or more races 0.9%
  • Hispanic origin (any race) 10.3%
  • Not of Hispanic origin 89.7%

Married status of boomers

  • Married 65.6%
  • Divorced 17%
  • Never married 11.7%
  • Separated 3%
  • Widowed 2.7%

Education of boomers

  • High school graduate 29.8%
  • Some college 28.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher 28.8%
  • Not graduated from high school 12.5%

Boomers’ employment status in 2006

  • Employed 74.1%
  • Not in labor force 22.4%
  • Unemployed 3.3%”

So what does all this mean to you, dear reader?  It means that the senior housing industry is growing exponentially and will need the services that can only be provided by humans.  The Internet, high tech gadgets, computers, and digital everything is constantly being promoted as the next “big thing” to  our youth dominated culture.

But nothing will ever replace the care given by humans to our loved ones.

Any questions or comments? I am Bernie Reifkind, CEO and founder of Premier Search, Inc.  I can be reached at 1(800) 801-1400 or email at ceo@psihealth.com

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