Growing Senior Population

Aging Statistics

The older population, persons 65 years or older, numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000 and it is projected by 2050 there will be 86.7 million. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030. The information in this section of the Administration on Aging (AoA) website brings together a wide variety of statistical information about this growing population.

For more data and links from the AoA website click here.

See Aging in a New Way

Writer Ken Garfield, formerly of the Charlotte Observer, offered a thoughtful argument about the need for all of us to start seeing aging in a new way -- and to value what we see.

“The elderly need affordable health care and medicine, a safe place to live, and loved ones who won't turn their backs on them. But to live a truly good life until the end, the elderly also need to see themselves in a new light, and so do their children,” Garfield said.

Getting older and staying put!

The annual average cost of an assisted living facility (one bedroom/signle occupancy) in the U.S. in 2010 was $38,220.  (Genworth 2010 Cost of Care Survey, conducted by CareScout)

73% of respondents in an AARP survey strongly agree with the statment, "what I'd really like to do is stay in my current residence for as long as possible."  (Home and Community Preferences of the 45+ Population." AARP Survey, November 2010)

Projected 8.7 million adults aged over 85 in 2030 - up from 5.8 million in 2010.  (U.S. Census Bureau)

13% - Parents with grown children who have had one of thier adult sons or daughters move back home in the past year. (Pew Research Center, Nov 2009)

Simply put, 'aging in place' means being able to grow older without having to move. It is possible to stay in your present home longer and still get the care and support you need. This gives you the comfort of your home longer, in a familiar community, with people you know.

A recent AARP study revealed that 89% of homeowners (over the age of 45) prefer to remain in their homes, yet 80% of the population will require special housing needs at some point. Additionally, statistics say that where you live when you are 65 will be the place you live the remainder of your life (70%).

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