The good news is that we’re living longer. A new Census Bureau Report commissioned by the National Institutes of Health predicts that by 2050, 9 million Americans will be 90 years or older. And if you make it to 90, chances are good you’ll see another 4 1/2 more years. Whew!
The not-so-good news?
- Almost 20% of those 90-94 years old live in a nursing home.
- 85% have physical limitations; two-thirds have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- Their annual median income is just $14,760.
The average American has about 40 working years to earn enough to support himself and his family, send his children to college, and save enough to to live (possibly in a nursing home) for the 30 years after retirement.
Getting the education tomorrow’s jobs will require is essential. Early childhood programs like Parents as Teachers give kids a leg up by screening for hearing/vision/developmental delays and assessing their social-emotional readiness to learn.
Don’t your children deserve that?