I was flying home from a Hoarders shoot this weekend and I saw this waiting outside of a flight headed to Florida.  Wow!

I heard an expert say at the NASMM conference a few months ago that in the United States 10,000 people will turn 60 every day for the next 20 years. But this sight really put it in perspective and it got me thinking.  Who is going to roll each one of these seniors onto the plane? How much longer is the flight going to take to get everyone seated? How does the airline recover the costs for this labor and time? Wait…does this change my price?

Obviously, I’m writing this to get a conversation going.  But this picture is LOUD. America is getting old and it’s not going to be easy. I make a living helping seniors, but I still get frustrated when it takes me an extra 10 minutes to get through security at the airport. Well how much do you think the world will change in the next 10 to 20 years. It’s going to get even more difficult as the need to understand and use technology increases and our population gets older. So is this a hurdle or an opportunity.  Someone will need to make online reservations and travel plans for these people. Someone will have to take care of this person when they land. Someone will need to have to transport these people and someone will have to have an accessible hotel for them to stay. Are there any types of vacation activities that accommodate older generations, but aren’t boring and slow.  The people in this picture fought in a war, rebuilt America and taught us everything we know. They are not the type of people to sit still and just wait to die. They are going to be ACTIVE baby and it will affect all of us.

I view this as an amazing opportunity to change our lives as we help our aging parents and grandparents. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well, this picture reminds me that it’s worth $1,000’s of dollars.

How will the aging population positively affect your life?  No complaining on this one, lets get creative.  What new jobs will be created over the next 20 years focusing on the aging population?