Some things are uncertain about our future while others are quite clear, and one thing that's clear is that we're getting older. And it's not just you or me, but the whole country. The U.S. population is aging, with a demographic bulge pushing the number of older citizens steadily higher. As the population ages, the growing number of older people need places to live that accommodate their unique needs and provide a good quality of life. Places like La Posada in Arizona.
In the news, the main number you hear about the recession is the unemployment rate, which is hovering just below 10% -- as compared to 5% just a couple years ago. If you were only hearing that, the recession can seem less dramatic (if still quite harsh) than it is: All this hubbub about a mere 5% of the population?
Obviously, the Great Recession has brought considerably greater--and more wide-reaching-- changes to our society. To appreciate the scope, take a look at How the Recession Changed Us, a sprawling infographic created by The Atlantic.