The multi-year project will include a book with photographs, illustrations and short stories, video from each interview, a documentary film and broadcast series, a website and social media platforms to connect with others through similar passions and interests.
Why this is a significant and an important project?
As of July 1, 2015, there were approximately 47.8 million senior citizens - 65&Older - in the United States. This group accounted for 14.9% of the total population. The 65&Older population grew 1.6 million from 2014.
The projected population of those 65&Older will be 98.2 million by 2060. People in this age group will comprise nearly one in four U.S. residents. Of this number, 19.7 million will be age 85 or older.
According to recent data, there are approximately 901 million people worldwide who are 60 and over. By 2050, that number will reach 2.1 billion people, or 21.5 percent of the global population. Global AgeWatch Index recently ranked the top 10 places for older adults live. They are Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Iceland, Japan, United States and the United Kingdom. We, the US, have got to do better!
I worry about my parents, my wife, my kids, my kid’s kids, my sister, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, friends, my dog too, ending up alone, being a burden to others, having enough money.
I worry about my thinning hair, my hearing - will I need a hearing aid, my eyesight - will I be able to keep driving, will I lose my teeth, will I be able to walk on my own?
I worry about being alone, not being in love, not holding someone’s hand. I worry about never being kissed again!
I worry about having to pee - a lot. And having to always know where a bathroom is, will I end up wearing an adult diaper?
I worry about losing my memory and if I’ll forget everything...everything I’ve been worrying about. What will I forget, what will I remember?
I worry a lot! Maybe I worry too much?
A history lesson:
65&Older will engage, motivate and inspire us to celebrate Senior Citizen Day EVERY DAY!