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Aspects of Aging

Demographics of Seniors

In 2011, the Baby Boom generation, people born from 1946 to 1964, began to turn age 65. As the large Baby Boom cohort ages, the United States will experience rapid growth in both the number aged 65 and older and their share of the total population. The social and economic implications of the aging of the U.S. population will be of significant interest to policy makers, the private sector, and individuals.

Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well Being
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging
Downloadable statistics on older americans. Access the entire report as a pdf, or sections as spreadsheets. 

Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States
Population Reference Bureau
January 2016

Summary of the PRB's "Aging in the United States" report, examining recent trends in the over 65 population and how the aging "Baby Boomers" will reshape it. Provides link to the full report.

World's Older Population Grows Dramatically
National Institute on Aging (NIH)
March 28, 2016

Summary (with link) of a Census Bureau report commissioned by the NIA and examining world wide demographic, health and socioeconomic trends in the aging population,  which is expected to grow from the current 8.5% to 17% of the world's population by 2050.

Projections Show an Aging U.S. Population
National Public Radio
March 14, 2018

A new report from the Census Bureau projects that adults over 65 will outnumber children in the U.S. by 2035, with 1 in 5 people at or above retirement age, and deaths outnumbering births over the next 3 decades.

5 Things to Know About the Future U.S. Demographics
UVA Today
February 19, 2019

"By 2040, the national median age is expected to be 38.6 years - meaning that nearly half the country's population will be in its 40s and older." New Mexico is one of the states whose population will be older than the national average.

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