Housing is critical to quality of life for people of all ages, but especially for older adults. High housing costs currently forcea third of those 50 and older—including 37 percent of people 80 and over—to pay more than 30 percent of their income for homes that may or may not fit their needs, forcing them to cut back on food, health care, and, for those 50-64, retirement savings. Much of the nation’s housing inventory also lacks basic accessibility features (such as no-step entries, extra-wide doorways, and lever-style door and faucet handles), preventing older people with disabilities from living safely and comfortably in their homes. Additionally, with a majority
The number of people across the world over 65 years old will triple by 2050, drastically altering some countries’ demographic make-up, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
Perceptions of this shift vary widely across the globe, the report says.
While 87% of Japanese believe the ageing population poses a problem to the country, only 26% of Americans agree.