Many countries are currently dealing with the issues associated with their population becoming elderly. Those that participated in World War II often have elderly populations that comprise almost twenty percent of their population. These people are approaching or have reached a time in their life when it has become difficult for them to live alone. Some elderly need assistance if they are to stay at home. Some will have issues too difficult to overcome and need full time care.
A great many cultures revere their elderly population. They look to them for wisdom and knowledge. Many elderly people are now living full time with their grown children and grandchildren. Generational homes are becoming a part of the mainstream in many cultures. Caring for the elderly differs as much as the people. Some are in excellent health and require little physical care but enjoy the companionship of living with their children. Others require complete care and can no longer live on their own.