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'Elder Orphans' Are Childless Boomers who Have no one to Look After Them in old age
Some 25 percent of Americans 65 or older could find themselves "elder
orphans," according to a report in Psych
These are people who have no family support to fall back upon when they
run into health problems leaving them to deal with the medical and social
service system on their own.
"We have a sense that this will be
a growing population as society ages and life expectancy increases, and our
government and society need to prepare how to advocate for this population,”
said physician Maria Torroella Carney, chief of geriatric and palliative
medicine at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
"There is potentially no structure to address this population as
this population is hidden right before us," said Carney.
"Our goal is to highlight
that this is a vulnerable population that's likely to increase, and we need to
determine what community, social services, emergency response and educational
resources can help them," Psych Central reported.
About 19 percent of women aged 40 to 44 do not have children, about
double the number in 1980.
"This is a population
that can utilize expensive healthcare resources because they don’t have the
ability to access community resources while they’re well but alone," Carney
"If we can provide earlier social
services and support, we may be able to lower high healthcare costs or prevent
the unnecessary use of expensive healthcare. With greater awareness and
assessment of this vulnerable population, we can then come up with policies to
impact and manage better care for them."
The metro Tel Aviv launch of The Pater book will be held at Habayit Shel Benji on Tuesday March 15.
Tel Aviv-based journalist, Algemeiner web editor and Israel Hayom & Jerusalem Post columnist Ruthie Blum will be in conversation with Elliot
Jager. For security reasons, you need to RSVP, so please reserve your seat/s by sending email to
name, cellphone number and names of people attending with you; we will confirm
receipt of your email and provide further details.
from book sales will be donated to Habayit
Liberty Barnes, University of Cambridge sociologist & author: "Jager has created a new genre of storytelling. Masterfully weaving together autobiography, genealogy, demography, politics, Bible stories, and interviews, Jager explores the cultural meanings of fatherlessness and childlessness in the notably pro-family context of modern Judaism. With fitting skepticism and good humor, Jager shakes his fist at God unti…