Upon reading the daily newsfeed of various social networking sites I follow, I came across my friend’s post which read “Happy Birthday to my grandmother who is 100 years old today”
I felt a smile on my face and then a touch of sadness or jealousy. You see, by the time I was 19 years old all four of my grandparents were deceased. I remember them well but my memories ended early in my life. More and more of my friends may be posting similar statuses in the coming months and years as being a centenarian is becoming more common. Turning 100 is special and heart- warming but the statistics have changed drastically since I was 19.
In 2012, 10,000 people turn 60 years old every single day. On July 1, 2009, 5.6 million people in the U.S. were 85 years of age or older and on December 1, 2010, there were an estimated 71,991 centenarians (100 years or older) in the U.S.
While these statistics seem astounding and maybe even exciting for some of us, planning for our retirement is crucial as early as you can. Talk to your loved ones NOW about how they can save for their later years and how they want to be taken care when that time comes.
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