Soon, we will live in a world that has more old people than children.
Currently, with a population of approximately 7 billion, Earth has about 900 million people over the age of 60. According to The Huffington Post, experts expect the latter figure to leap to 2.4 billion by 2050! And many of those will be at an older age than they ever thought attainable.
How did we get here? Medical science has made amazing advances in the last few years — the kind of stuff that once seemed like a “Star Trek” fantasy.
In fact, HuffPo has a new article that matches recent developments in senior care technology with predictions made in “Star Trek.” After all, what is an iPhone if not the real-life counterpart to the show’s famous Tricorder device? It’s close, at least.
Medical robots, cloud technologies, and virtual care teams are other examples of once-fanciful technologies that have crawled out of the small screen and into the doctor’s office.
It’s an incredible time to be alive.
Progress isn’t exactly rapid, though. While many of these technologies exist, they aren’t necessarily commonplace or affordable. Indeed, it seems that nothing about aging comes at much of a bargain these days. Aging is as expensive as it is inevitable.
Of course, part of the dream of “Star Trek” was that everyone could afford the care they needed. At Bixler Moore, LLC, we understand that that isn’t anywhere close to reality yet. But it doesn’t have to be a far-off dream for you.
Proactive planning makes all the difference. Our experienced Canton elder law attorneys can help you and your family take affirmative steps today that will ensure you can afford whatever the future throws your way. And at this rate, that future is probably going to last a lot longer than you ever expected.