In the 1920s, the lifespan of the average American was just 58 years. But times were different. World War I had just ended in 1918. And by 1920, the world survived the Spanish flu pandemic, which killed 50 million people. The medical technology of that era seems barbaric by today’s standards. And the leading causes of death were heart disease, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.
By the 1950s, the average American lived to age 69.
And today’s average US lifespan is now 79 years. But that is just the average. Today there are more than 22 million Americans aged 75 or older. And there are almost 3 million aged 90 or older.
Yes, we are living longer.
However, our quality of living is not determined by our chronological age but by our physical, cognitive, and mental health. These factors determine our independence and the choices of where we live as we age.
More than 90% of Americans want to age in place in the comfort of their home. That may be the best option for some. But for others, there might be safety issues like fall risks or worsening conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s.
If you are the caregiver for a senior loved one, how do you know when it is time to consider assisted living communities as the best option?
Below are the most common 7 signs that assisted living may be your best choice.