(3TV/CBS 5) -- It’s a hard subject to talk about: What to expect as you are getting older.
A researcher at the University of Virginia took a deep dive for you and put out a list of the five things baby boomers need to know. The researcher examined men and women 85 years and older.
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This list is a tough one to hear, especially for women.
No. 1: Women outnumber men in the oldest age groups. This creates an imbalance that leads to a different set of aging experiences, support needs and planning considerations.
No. 2: More women develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This is due, in part to, women surviving to an older age. More women will need care for Alzheimer’s or die from complications from the disease.
No. 3: More women than men experience disability in old age. Once again, because women live longer at some point, physical disabilities will develop as they continue to age.
No. 4: More women than men live alone in old age because, mathematically, there are more older women living to older men. Also, divorce rates have risen, and men are more likely than women to get remarried and marry younger women.
No. 5: Women are more likely to need long-term care from paid caregivers because they are living alone.