Online Senior Center is a comprehensive resource guide to the challenges and opportunities faced by today’s seniors. From navigating the twists and turns of Medicare and supplemental insurance, to engaging with your friends and family on social media, Online Senior Center provides professionally-researched explainers, meticulous rankings, and reviews of products and services for seniors and caregivers.
OSC’s content is dedicated to the seniors who are finding their way through the next step of their life, the family and friends who care for them, and the community that surrounds them. From the Builders and Boomers living the senior life, to the Gen-Xers and Millenials supporting their parents and grandparents, Online Senior Center will touch on money, time, recreation, and work, with one consistent message – you are not alone.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, by 2040 nearly a quarter of the American population will be senior citizens.
The Baby Boomers, the largest generation in American history, are reaching their golden years, and the Graying of America is resulting in unprecedented changes and chances. More seniors are working into later in life rather than retiring, and more seniors are living active, creative lives. Seniors are living longer, living faster, and living smarter.
But one area that still lags is reliable information for seniors and their caregivers. That’s a gap that Online Senior Center is here to fill.
Aging in the 21st century is quite different from aging in previous generations. Average life expectancy is going up – today, a person who lives to 65 is likely to live another 20 years, and with advances in medicine, the population of people who live to be over 100 (currently over 72,000 people) is only expected to grow.
In previous years, we expected seniors to live with family, or go to retirement or nursing homes, but the options have expanded incredibly, from active-living apartment complexes to non-traditional co-housing arrangements. Seniors are living older and living differently: remarrying, traveling, even taking on whole second careers. With life expectancies growing, many adults are reaching their own senior years while caring for their senior parents.
That makes the senior family more complex than ever. Today, we have four generations of adults living simultaneously, an unprecedented situation: Builders, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millenials are all figuring out this new world together. Online Senior Center is here with resources for everyone.
America, the great melting pot, is more diverse in race, ethnicity, religion, and identity than ever before. Within the next 30 years, non-white Americans will become the majority of the population, but senior care and information does not reflect this reality.
Senior resources tend to assume a middle and upper-class, white standard, but today’s senior citizen community is wider and more diverse than that. OSC aspires to be all-inclusive, with resources for LGBTI seniors, disability advocacy, immigrants’ rights, and more.
Who do you call when the post office has no wheelchair ramp? BSL will have the answer. How do you protect your transgender parent’s identity rights in a nursing home? BSL will have the answer. From housing discrimination to employment security, Online Senior Center has you covered.
Senior citizens have always exerted a great deal of influence over policy, particularly because they are the most reliable voting bloc. But as the population of seniors grows, it’s going to be more important than ever for seniors to exert their rights and advocate for their benefits.
Online Senior Center will keep seniors and caregivers informed about the important changes in policy that affect them. That means the most current information about Social Security, Medicare, the Americans with Disabilities Act, housing policy, and more.
As people age, the more vulnerable they become to misinformation and manipulation. Keeping seniors and caregivers informed is the best protection against abuses, and Online Senior Center is committed to ensuring that essential information is available in a one-stop forum.
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