Silver tsunami is a term used to describe population aging metaphorically. This term has varying rates of appreciation across different age groups, although it is the case. Also referred to as ‘silver wave’ or ‘grey wave’ or ‘grey tsunami’, this describes the increase in adult population by the year 2050 mostly in the developed nations.
Another term often observed to be associated with the silver wave is baby boomers. Baby boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964 mainly after the return of soldiers of WWII. This population is said to be demographically large and will be reaching their senior years between 2030-2050. As this large population was economically influential then and it will be in the coming years, it is crucial that we stay in preparation to fulfill the needs of the time.
Senior living will impact the healthcare system in a variety of ways. Baby boomers are expecting more amenities than before. There will be senior communities in cities and suburbs. The demand for healthcare and standard of senior living is expected to rise. So, to reduce the pressure on these areas, efforts are being made to prolong the aging process and to eliminate the risk of age-related diseases with the help of new drugs such as caloric restriction mimetics. These drugs are observed to increase the lifespan in many model organisms.
During the course of the silver tsunami several innovations will be needed in areas of healthcare such as patient experience, chronic disease management, population health, value-based care, precision medicine and many more. Aging research will play a major role in coming years in overcoming the challenges posed by the silver tsunami.