More US Seniors at Risk of Becoming “Elder Orphans”

As Baby Boomers age and there is an increasing number of childless and unmarried seniors, approximately 20 percent of Americans over age 65 are currently or at risk to become “elder orphans,” a vulnerable group aging alone and unsupported with no know family members or designated person to help them. According to new research by Maria Torroella Carney, MD, chief of geriatric and palliative medicine at North Shore-LIJ Health System, more awareness and resources are needed to advocate for this at-risk population.

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