BC-US--Aging America,ADVISORY, US


The latest two installmenst of Aging America, the joint AP-APME project looking at the aging of the baby boomers and its impact on society, are scheduled to move Thursday. One is for immediate use, while the other is moving in advance for use in Monday newspapers.



WASHINGTON — Members of the sandwich generation — caught between supporting elderly parents whose assets are nearly exhausted and adult children without jobs — might find some relief come tax time. The bottom line is, who's a dependent? Your kindergarten-age son, your adult daughter, her grandparents, or maybe an elderly uncle or aunt? "There's a changing family dynamic because of the economy," said Bob Meighan, vice president of TurboTax, an online tax preparation service. More people are living longer. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of older Americans increased by 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010, when there were about 40 million people age 65 or older. A longer lifespan puts added strain on retirement accounts, which have already taken a hit in the roller-coaster economy. As a result, many baby boomers find themselves supporting their elderly parents, in some cases footing the bill for assisted living or nursing home care. By Carole Feldman. With AP Photos.



MASON, Ohio — She raises her hands to her snow-white hair in a gesture of frustrated bewilderment, then slowly lowers them to cover eyes filling with tears. The woman, nearly 80 years old, is trying to explain how she wound up in this place that could well be where she spends the rest of her life. While living with her daughter, officials at the Shalom Center say, the woman's money was being drained away by excessive grocery bills, while her body and spirit were sapped by physical neglect and emotional torment. She says she was usually ordered to "go to bed," where she lay in a dark room, upset, unable to sleep. "She just yelled at me all the time. Screamed at me, cussed me out," the woman says of her daughter. "I don't know what happened. She just got tired of me, I guess." The Shalom Center offers shelter, along with medical, psychological and legal help, to elderly abuse victims in this northern Cincinnati suburb. It is among a handful in the country that provide sanctuary from such abuse, a problem experts say is growing along with the age of the nation's population. The number of Americans 65 and over is projected to nearly double by 2030 because of the 74 million baby boomers born in 1946-64, and the number of people 85 and over is increasing even faster rate. The number of seniors being abused, exploited or neglected every year is estimated at about 2 million, judging by available statistics and surveys. By Dan Sewell. AP Photos.

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