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Orphan Seniors: Preparing for the Future

Orphan Seniors

When one hears the word “orphan,” generally images of a child without parents come to mind. But there is a growing population of another kind of orphan in our society. Currently, one-quarter of Americans over 65 are at risk of becoming orphan seniors – individuals who have no children, spouse or other family to take care of them as they age. Dr. Maria Torroella Carney, chief of geriatric and palliative medicine at North Shore-LIJ Health System, conducted a study that shows the number of orphan seniors is growing and will continue to grow. According to U.S. census data, one-third of…

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