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Getting Older

Did you know that by the year 2020, the percent of the U.S. population over age 65 is expected to exceed 17%. Nearly one out of every five people will be over age 65!?

Like other industrialized countries, the U.S. is experiencing a "graying" of its population as the proportion of people in older age groups grows faster than the proportion of the population in younger age groups. With the maturation of the Baby Boom generation, the largest cohort of people ever born, the U.S. can expect to face new challenges concerning the needs of the "boomers" born between 1946 and 1964, as well as those of the rapidly expanding cohort of citizens aged 85 years and older. The future will likely include three generations of "senior citizens" that will include the younger "pre-retirement" age group (who are contacted at age 50 by the AARP), middle-aged older "retirement qualified" individuals (age 65 to 75 or 80), and the oldest-old (those over 85 and well into the late 90's and 100's).

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