Assisted living and retirement homes need to prepare for HIV/AIDS

HIV patients living longerBaby boomers are reaching the age of retirement, and they were also in the era of when AIDS developed as a major epidemic. Due to the progression of medicine over the past 30 years, AIDS and HIV patients have stayed alive, and as retirement living becomes more of a reality, facilities are preparing, according to MSNBC.

It is important to retirement homes and assisted living facilities to have programs that educate the other people about the disease because there are still misconceptions, according to the news provider.

Retirement for individuals with the disease used to be unfathomable, but now the life expectancy of patients with AIDS is 22 years, the media outlet reports..

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, people the this disease are living longer and longer.

"It used to be folks were in their 20s and 30s," Dr. Brad Hare, a clinic's medical director, told the news source. "I tell my patients, 'You have to plan for retirement.' I have a lot of guys now who are turning 50, turning 60, who say, 'I never planned to turn 50. I planned to die in my 30s.'"