The dual challenges of elder care and associated loneliness will become a crisis. These intertwined issues are not just matters of individual well-being but have broad societal implications, from healthcare systems to economic productivity. Understanding and addressing this silent epidemic is crucial for creating a compassionate and sustainable future.

The number of older Americans living alone is on the rise. Nearly 16 million people aged 65 and older in the US lived solo in 2022, three times as many who lived alone in that age group in the 1960s. And as Baby Boomers age, that number is expected to grow even more, raising significant questions about the country’s future. Living alone has become increasingly common in recent years. In the United States, for example, the number of people living alone has increased by 50% since 1970. While living alone has many benefits, such as independence and privacy, there are also some potential health risks.

More than half the world’s population will be classed as obese or overweight by 2035 if action is not taken, the World Obesity Federation warns. The British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers examined 196 studies and found that a brisk walk — of at least 11 minutes a day — significantly lowered participants’ risks for heart disease, many kinds of cancer, and mortality overall. Walking may even help with arthritic pain and memory.

By 2030, every Baby Boomer will be 65 or older, meaning that 1 out of every 5 U.S. citizens will be of retirement age. As a result, there will be far more demand than healthcare supply in the future. Healthcare costs will increase, and we’ll need to adapt. The U.S. home care market is expected to grow from $100 billion in 2016 to $225 billion by 2024, driven by an expanding senior population.