Every day in the U.S., 10,000 people are celebrating their 65th birthday.
The population age 65 years and older is expected to double in just 15 years.
In 2012, there were an estimated 43 million Americans 65 and older. By 2060, that number is predicted to jump to 92 million. The older population will represent roughly 1 in 5 U.S. residents. Those 85 years and older are projected to more than triple by 2060, from today’s 5.9 million to 18.2 million.
Unfortunately, a 2010 survey conducted by Met Life Foundation found that most communities throughout the United States have not implemented the policies, programs or services to meet the needs of the growing aging population. A fractured economic environment has hampered the efforts of local governments to pursue solutions.
Canada will experience a similar demographic shift. Today, the number of Canadians age 100 years and older is about 6,000. According to the latest population projections, this number could reach an estimated 15,000 by 2030.
These demographic changes create an urgent need for communities throughout the United States and Canada to embrace the unique needs of the older generation and implement innovative solutions.
1. U.S. Census Bureau Projections, Dec. 2012.