Baby boomers fear aging parents will be mistreated in nursing homes
Senior citizens fear moving into a nursing home and losing their independence more than death, according to a research study released today that examines the attitudes and anxieties of the nation’s elderly population. “Aging in Place in America,” commissioned by Clarity and The EAR Foundation, also found baby boomers emotionally distraught about their aging parents’ future – 82% fear their parents will be mistreated in a nursing home and 89% worry their parents will be sad.
One of the most significant findings of the study is that, when asked what they fear most, seniors rated loss of independence (26%) and moving out of home into a nursing home (13%) as their greatest fears. These two possibilities are a much higher concern than death, which was the greatest fear for only three percent of seniors.
For “Aging in Place in America,” two groups were surveyed to allow a comparative analysis of the attitudes of seniors age 65 and older who are living at home with those of baby boomers who have senior parents….
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