The following op-ed was written by Plaza Health President and CEO Elaine Bloom.
With the White House Conference on Aging taking place this month, the imperative to address the needs of our growing senior population has never been clearer. This issue is particularly dramatic for those of us serving the elderly and frail in South Florida.
Three of the top 10 cities in the country with the highest percentage of people age 65 and over are in South Florida. From 2010 to 2040, Florida’s older population is expected to almost double.
It is urgent that the White House meeting come up with new ways to provide services for the growing elderly population. We will have to do more with less money to fund these needs. Tax deductions and other economic incentives will be essential.