As the pandemic wreaks havoc on our mental and physical health, it is also quietly reshaping how Americans will face retirement and old age in the years to come.The virus is bringing sweeping change, mainly by “accelerating developments already under way,” says physician and entrepreneur Bill Thomas. For example, “isolation of older people has long been a problem, but Covid is focusing attention on the issue and adding urgency” to address it.
In this Wall Street Journal Article, writer Anne Tergesen reports on some of the effects that the COVID virus could have on aging and society. Among her findings:
- More will age at home.
- Older people will benefit from a technology boom.
- Lifespans will decline. (Though perhaps only for the short term)
- We will have a better handle on what we want to do with our time.
- We will plan for death.
- We will embrace healthier lifestyles.
- We need to save more to retire.
- The 401(k) will morph into a multipurpose account.
- We will work longer.
- Our views on aging will change.