Monday, August 5, 2013

Poverty Among Seniors Getting Harder to Ignore

Conflict  between needs of gray and brown has arrived!
http://www.nationaljournal. com/njmagazine/cs_20100724_ 3946.php
The Gray And The Brown: The Generational Mismatch

"We have 10,000 people turning 65 every day," says Hudson. "And the fastest growing segment of homeless are among the elderly. Can you imagine being 85 and homeless?"
"The data on boomer finances is troubling," agrees Margaret Neal, head of the Institute on Aging at Portland State University in Oregon. "The fact that we just aren't saving enough for retirement is concerning."
That fact has set up an interesting tension when it comes to the study of aging in the U.S. On the one hand, there has been a considerable amount of work on how to make communities more livable and friendly for the elderly -- how streetscapes, co-housing, public transportation, food supply, recreation centers, volunteer opportunities, continuing education and so forth can all be blended to make for a rich and positive aging experience. Less attention has been paid to the darker side of aging. Many elders are ill-prepared to shoulder the cost of retirement, and the gap between what seniors need to live on versus what they have might land squarely on state and local governments.

Poverty Among Seniors Getting Harder to Ignore

The gap between what seniors need to live on versus what they have might land squarely on state and local governments.

NC is a microcosm of the future:
"A study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce estimated that by 2018, 59 percent of jobs in North Carolina would require education beyond high school.
But churning out more college grads is easier said than done. North Carolina's fast-growing population is much more diverse, with stubborn minority and gender achievement gaps and disparities between urban and rural areas. Meanwhile, the aging of baby boomers means that the state does not have enough young, educated people to replace the retiring workers."
"From 1990 to 2007, population growth in North Carolina was 127 percent among whites, 133 percent among blacks and 829 percent among Hispanics.
But Hispanics have the lowest educational attainment of any other minority group in North Carolina. Forty-eight percent of Latinos ages 25 to 44 don't have high school diplomas, according to census data.
"The fastest growing population is also the least likely to get out of high school," said Dennis Jones of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
That has to change, said Jim Johnson, a demography researcher with UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.
He told the panel that North Carolina must embrace its newcomer population to prosper economically. The birth rate of Hispanic women in the state is about double that of whites.
"We're going to need them," Johnson said. "If you can't make them, you've got to import them.""
""The question becomes where do you get the next generation of talent from … to make sure that the kid that walks across the stage is equipped and ready to compete in a global economy where the only constant is change and uncertainty," he said. "That's the new normal, folks, and we have to reinvent K-12 education to prepare kids for the new normal."
UNC panel ponders economic, demographic changes

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