Survey: Seniors most likely to be affiliated with religion

Q.: My 84-year-old mother just gave up her vehicle because of the progression of her macular degeneration. We’re trying to figure out a transportation schedule and who can help since we don’t live in the same city.

One of her worries became crystal clear: getting to church services on Sunday.

A.: It’s important to acknowledge that religious affiliations continue to rank high among seniors.

They are far less likely to be “unaffiliated” with any religion than any other age group, according to Pew Research Center, so it’s clear that faith is a key element to many seniors.

After ranking the spiritual aspect of church as the key element, the socialization with the church family takes on added importance for your mother, so don’t cut that life line.

It’s true that in the past five years, Pew reported, the number of adults who are unaffiliated with a church has jumped from a little more than 15 percent to almost 20 percent.

About a third of U.S. adults under 30 now say they are unaffiliated. But, among senior citizens – those age 65 and older – only 9 percent have no religious affiliation.

Your mother clearly is among those 91 percent who are committed to a religious affiliation. In fact, Pew’s polling showed that only 5 percent of the Greatest Generation, those born between 1913 and 1927, are unaffiliated with any religion.

A Home Instead CAREGiver could help your mother with meal preparation at breakfast, get her ready for church, take her there and drive her to lunch.

Home Instead Senior Care makes every effort to match CAREGivers with seniors of similar interests. CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured, and make a difference in the lives of older adults each day.

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