Saturday, July 11, 2009

Senior Tsunami

With Los Angeles County facing a "senior tsunami" in the decades ahead, county officials are not adequately prepared to deal with the explosion in demand for senior services and a growing rate of physical and financial crimes against the elderly, the civil grand jury warns in a new report.

As baby boomers age, the county's senior population is expected to double from 1.6 million today to 3 million by 2030, placing increasing pressure on the nearly 100 programs in 24 county departments that provide services to seniors and adults with disabilities, according to county data.

"This pending `senior tsunami' will dramatically impact the need for senior services for elders," grand jurors wrote. "This civil grand jury investigation shows the county is not adequately prepared as the population ages for the significant increase in demand for elder abuse prevention programs and services."

Also with the rise in the senior population has come a big jump in crimes targeting the elderly.

Full Article and Source:
LA. County grand jury issues `senior tsunami' warning

See also:
Egregious Mismanagement at Public Guardian's Office


Anonymous said...

A good beginning!

Sue said...

Excellent title: "senior tsunami". At least the authorities have a warning and are issuing that warning, what they will do about it will be the issue to keep our eyes on.

Anonymous said...

Maybe churches and other groups should start doing their jobs, and help people so there isn't so much reliance on the government. Even better yet, families should start taking care of their elders.

Anonymous said...

Good point, Anonymous 2. If people took care of their families and their communities, there would be less governmental intervention and hence less government which means less control by the courts.