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Information From the U.S Census Bureau

The Baby-Boom generation will have a dramatic effect on the growth of the elderly population.

Seventy-five million babies were born in the United States from 1946 to 1964. The sheer magnitude of this human tidal wave comes into sharper focus when we realize that those born from 1946 to 1964 totaled 70 percent more people than were born during the preceding two decades.

Demographers have called out an early warning that the Baby-Boom generation is approaching the elderly ranks. American society has tried to adjust to the size and needs of the Baby-Boom generation throughout the stages of the life cycle. Just as this generation had an impact on the educational system (with "split shift" schools and youth in college) and the labor force (with job market pressures), the Baby-Boom will place tremendous strain on the myriad of specialized services and programs required of an elderly population.

The increasing size of the oldest-old population, and their health situation, which clearly declines with increasing age, suggests that a larger number will seek long-term care as part of the continuum from independent living, to assisted living at home, to institutional care. As more elderly live longer, long-term chronic illness, disability, and dependency become more likely.

With longer life expectancy and more persons 85 years old and over, it is likely that more and more people, especially in their fifties and sixties, will have surviving older relatives. In 1950, there were 3 persons 85 years old and over for every 100 persons age 50 to 64. In 2050, this ratio would increase to 27.

As people live longer, long-term chronic illness, disability, and dependency become more likely. About half of the oldest-old living in their homes are frail and need assistance with everyday activities. Their relatives, in their fifties and sixties, face the difficulties of providing care.

The elderly are projected to grow much faster than the total population from 1990 to 2020. From 1990 to 2020, the elderly population is projected to increase to 54 million persons. The growth rate of the elderly would be more than double that of the total population during this period. Beginning in 2011, the first members of the Baby-Boom will reach age 65. In 2020, about 1 in 6 Americans would be elderly. More children would know their great-grandparents, as the four-generation family would become more common.

By the middle of the next century, the number of elderly could reach 79 million In 2050, the final phase of the gerontological explosion would occur. The elderly population as a whole would number about 79 million people, more than double its present size. A "window of opportunity" now exists for planners and policy makers to prepare for the aging of the Baby-Boom generation.


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