Only 25 percent of people older than 65 believe they will need any help in their later years, yet 70 percent do. According to Dr. Atul Gawande, the average senior needs some amount of help for the last eight years of life.
This is the time of year when folks head home for the holidays in droves. This is also the time many might notice a decline in their elderly parents’ abilities since the last visit. A seasoned geriatrician once told me, after the age of 80, expect to see a noticeable decline about every six months. Of course, there are exceptions; but this is a useful gauge to keep in mind after wheeling your suitcase into your childhood bedroom.
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