Statisticians report that baby boomers are turning 65 years of age at a rate of 10,000 a day and that by the year 2030, twenty-percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.
While traditionally the elderly among us opt to spend their golden years amid the serenity and bucolic beauty of rural communities, more older Americans these days are deciding to live in big cities. For example, the over-60 population in New York City is projected to increase by 35% in the next 15 years.
For one thing, says AMAC, being old is not what it used to be. Age does not determine a person’s ability to get around anymore, thanks to medical advances and the modern focus on healthier lifestyles. Meanwhile, cities offer a variety of amenities that are not readily available in the country, things like affordable public transportation, grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants that offer free deliveries. In addition, most major hospitals and other medical facilities are located in big cities.
And, don’t forget treats such as bagels and street corner hot dog stands.