According to a recent study, there are over 1.5 million residents of nursing homes ages 65 and older all across the United States. This number is expected to balloon exponentially over the next ten years as baby boomers continue to age.
These people were not born elderly and infirmed. They were once caregivers themselves, these are veterans who fought on the beaches of Normandy to insure we have the freedoms we so often take for granted. They were pastors who ministered to others, doctors who healed others, and they are truck drivers and steel workers, and homemakers who provided made this country great...and the vast majority never receive a single visit.
· Over 65,000 residents have Alzheimer’s
· Over 3,000 have AIDS
· Over 4,500 are in hospice – where death is eminent
· Over 5,700 are on ventilators
· Over 27,000 have other special needs
· 54% were diagnosed with dementia or other psychiatric disorders