A real estate coach and colleague of mine, Nikki Buckelew (of the Seniors Real Estate Institute) recently challenged real estate agents across the country to write a blog post detailing this important information, especially relevant to those over the age of 55.
I agree, and believe this information is also very important for the San Francisco East Bay, so I decided to develop this page as a resource on the issue for Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County as a whole.
It’s a startling number. Across the U.S., 17% of newly-diagnosed cases of HIV occur in those over the age of 55. To add to those crazy numbers, 31% of those who currently have HIV are more than a half-century old.
While those numbers likely differ to some extent in Walnut Creek, California it’s fair to assume that our numbers in Contra Costa County are roughly similar.
As a real estate agent in the San Francisco East Bay who works with many boomers, seniors and their families, I thought it was important that I share these statistics with you and provide some resources nationwide and in our own area.
As a society, we tend to discount the idea of seniors engaging in romantic activities – let alone that type of romantic activity! But clearly — and we all know it –that is not the case. Prevention of HIV in seniors is an important issue.
According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, “Older Americans do not always realize that they may be at risk for HIV infection. Many came of age in the decades before AIDS and did not receive the information about HIV prevention that younger generations did. Others were married or in long-term relationships for many years and tuned out information about HIV.
Now, after being widowed or divorced, they are entering intimate relationships again for the first time in decades. Compared with those who are younger, they may be less knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS and therefore less likely to protect themselves.”
Below are some links to local and national online resources offering information concerning HIV and older Americans.