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The Demographics of Aging





     Demographics of Aging

of Aging
and Ability

of Aging...
million aging
Baby Boomers
are sparking
demand for
and environments
that accommodate
and sensory

of Age 
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Census Bureau brief on data from the 2010 Census shows seniors increasing faster than younger populations. America's older population numbered less than 7 million—only 5. This has not always been the case.S. 1 in 5 people are expected to be 65 or older by 2035. today's physically and intellectually active younger generations predict that tomorrow's elderly population will be better educated.S.5 percent to 81. Additional information— http://transgenerational.5 million Boomers turn 55. Today. travel.2 in 2010.   Aging PopulationCharacteristics The Swelling Aging       The latest U. with seven states having a median age of 40 or older. Moreover. One out of every 8 Americans is considered "old" and represent 12. By 2030 one out of every five people in the U. This rapid growth is due to aging of the Baby Boom generation. now enables us to live 20 to 25% of our lives in active retirement. increased life expectancies. and opportunities for companionship. as individuals.1 million older persons. and now makes up 26. a number that has continued to explode. they will demand—and respond to—products and services that help them maintain their active lifestyles and activities: flexible scheduling.3 in 2000 to 37.4% of the population—a number expected to swell to 19% of the population by 2030. Transgenerational design provides a harmonious bond between products and services and the people that use them. and energetic life styles.9% of the U.6 million in 2009.  And according to the UN Population Division.The Demographics of Aging            The Aging Process     Characteristics of Our Aging Population Human Aging— A Recent Phenomenon NEVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY has our planet contained so many older people— or such a large percentage of them.5 million. Between 2000 and 2010. raising the nation's median age from 35. more discerning more than twice their number in 2000. population. intellectual and stimulating experiences. Population Why the Population is Aging The Skewed Sex     Ratio Race and Ethnicity         In the year 2000.This dramatic growth in numbers and proportions.S. January 2011 ushered in the first  of approximately 77 million Baby Boomers. by 2030. continuing education. As they begin to experience declines in their physical and sensory capabilities.S. there will be about 72. Each year more than 3. one in three Americans is now 50 or older. culturally literate and. will be 65-plus. the 45 to 64 population grew 31. 4 percent of the total U. population. As late as 1930.htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM]      .4% of the population. healthier. people 65+ represented 12. born from 1946 through 1964 and surging toward the gates of retirement. Their swelling numbers predict that.Those age 65 and older numbered 39.

This means that 10. increased life expectancy will strengthen the wave of aging Boomers and steadily increase their total number contained within the elderly sub-population. They'll continue to bike. They'll move to the mountains. Their growth rate is twice that of those 65 and over and almost 4-times that for the total population." the "old.000 new retirees will be added to the Social Secrity and Medicare rolls each day. beaches.7 million in 2010 to over 19 million by 2050. Boomers will be a market with very different characteristics. swim. The "Young Old" 65-74  The first wave of aging Baby Boomers reached full retirement age in 2011.The Demographics of Aging including a description of "Transgenerational Design".htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM] . The Elderly Sub-Population   THE DRAMATIC INCREASE in the number of people reaching age 65 — coupled with their increased life expectancy — have expanded the classification of those age 65 and older to include three sub-populations commonly referred to as the "young old. In the United States. The "Old" 74-84 During the next decade. and history—can be found on Wikipedia. They exercise twice as much as previous generations. The "Oldest-Old" 85+  The fastest-growing segment of the total population is the oldest  old—those 80 and over. and ski—play softball and basketball. Elderly Boomers Will be Different   UNLIKE THEIR PARENTS GENERATION ." and the "old-old" groups. college towns — where the physical and intellectual action is. For the next 20 years. this group now represents 10% of the older population and will more than triple from 5. benefits. 74 million Boomers will retire. No bocci ball or badminton—no rocking chairs or vegitating in the desert sun. its origins. islands. A survey by Del Web showed that half of them expect to  work at least part- http://transgenerational. sail.

. there are more people aged 65 and older than the entire populations of Russia. the U. By 2050. By 2030. As LeRoy Hanneman."                      The Swelling Aging Population A Recent Global Phenomenon AS WE ENTER THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY. Japan. from 7. Germany and Australia— president and CEO of Del Web says. And they'll want offices in their homes—with highspeed internet connections for those two or more computers. Projected Acceleration of Population Aging http://transgenerational.2%.   Declining fertility.. For the first time in history. the global population is projected to number 1.The Demographics of Aging time once they retire. people aged 65 and over will soon outnumber children under the age of 5. population aging has emerged as a major demographic trend worldwide. By  2040. which 40 percent of them already own. and improved health and longevity.6% today to 16. estimates that the proportion of the world's population age 65 and over will more than double.htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM] . have swelled the older populations dramatically—and at an unprecedented rate. France. 55 countries are expected to see their 65 and older populations at least 20 percent of their total.3 billion older people—accounting for 14 percent of the total. "Boomers should be called "Zoomers. Throughout the world today.

the world population will have increased by a factor of 3. representing 11 percent of the world's population.6. THE GLOBAL POPULATION OF PEOPLE AGED 60 AND OVER was 680 million people. By 2050. http://transgenerational. Future Projections   IN 2009. with sub-Sararan Africa remaining the world's youngest region.The Demographics of Aging Source: United Nations. 2009 . those 60 and over will have increased by a factor of 10. and those 80 and over by a factor of 27. the 60 and older population will increase from 680 million to 2 billion—increasing from 11 to 22 percent of the world's They have increased by 10. Only 5 percent of Africa's population is projected to be 65 and older by 2050. Europe will continue to be the world's oldest region with its elder population increasing more than five fold—from 40 million to 219 million. From 1950 to 2050. China and India have the largest older populations.4 million just since 2007—an average increase of 30. By 2050.000 each day. HERE ARE THE PREDICTIONS: By 2050. from 62 million to 240 milion. China will see its number of elders grow 30% from 109 million to 350 million —India.htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM] .

htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM] .org/aging/demographics.The Demographics of Aging Japan. Census Bureau. representing about one third of the world's population. http://transgenerational. more than double the number in 2000. or about one in every eight Americans. In the coming decades. America's elderly population is expected to reach 72 million by 2030. London. with today's largest share of the world's old-age population. there will be about 72. swelling the 65 and over population in the United States from 13.6 million. will   see its percentage of those 60 and over rise from 27 percent to 44 percent in 2050.3 million Americans are age 65 and older. 40. an estimated 13% of the population. Back in 2000. THE U.1 million older persons.S. Baby Boomers will begin reaching age 65. more than twice their 2000 number. Americans aged 65 and older outnumber the combined populations of New York. representing 12.0 to 20.0 percent by the year 2050. By 2050.S. people aged 65 and older represented 12. And their number is expected to more than double to 89 million by 2050. more than 70 countries. according to the U. all regions of the globe will experience population aging. ADMINISTRATION ON AGING reports that in 2009 the older population of those 65 and older was 39. SOME SURPRISING FACTS: The United States contains more people age 65 and older than the total population of Canada.4 percent of the population. 2009) One of Nine Americans is Old   TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES. In 2010.S.9 percent of the U. will surpass Japan's present old-age share of 27 percent. population. By 2030. Today's 5-22 percent range will become an 11-34 percent range in 2050 (UN. and Moscow.

" aging Baby Boomers will seek out designs that accommodate rather than discriminate. upon retirement. At Home TOMORROW'S ELDER POPULATION will differ from those of past decades. the overwhelming majority will also face a growing and continuous challenge—maintaining their precious independence. Still.htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM]    . But successful "aging in place" demands that one's home and household products not only provide continuedenjoyment and stimulation. according to the AARP. prefering to grow old in their own homes. it must also support one's declining functional limitations and enhance one's quality of life. 9 out of 10 seniors already stay where they are. Today. better health and more active life styles than previous generations. and appeal to users of all ages and abilities. Transgenerational design provides the accommodation everyone seeks!           Why the Population is Aging Three factors drive the Increase in life expectancy: http://transgenerational. symmpathize rather than Refusing to be stigmatized by living in a "home for the Aged" or using "elderly products. They will enjoy longer lives.The Demographics of Aging Growing Old.

5 in 1997 to 77.4 years from 76. there is general agreement that an increse in life expectancy will continue.5 percent) of all deaths in 2007.4 percent) homicide (down 6.e.. a newborn infant can expect to live for 78. life expectancy increased 1. rising again in 1960 to 69.9 in 2007.8 percent) years. DECLINING FERTILITY RATES - A declining share of young people within the general population causes the population's share of older people to rise automatically.7 percent) cancer (down 1. Those born in 1900 could only expect to live 47.7 years. Continuing its dramatic rise. Two thousand years ago the average Roman could expect to live 22 years. Life Expectancy at an All Time High   According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. the two leading causes of death. Today. By 1930. LONGEVITY INCREASE - As the population ages. life expectancy had risen to 59. This dramatic increase in life expectancy is not accidental. Its substantial and pleasing rise results from infectious disease control. life expectancy at birth has risen to a new high of nearly 78 years.htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM] .5 percent) accidents (down 5 percent) heart disease (down 4.The Demographics of Aging AGE DYNAMICS - Past variations in birth and death rates affect the evolution of a country's age structure (i. the 1946-1964 baby boom in the United States). Declining Mortality Rates While heart disease and cancer.3 years. accounted for nearly half (48.6 percent) diabetes (down 3.9 percent) hypertension (down 2 . and new surgical and rabilitation techniques. public health initiatives.3 years. mortality rates declined significantly for eight of the 15 leading causes of death: influenza and pneumonia (down 8.7 percent) stroke (down 4.

life expectancy at age 65 has increased more in the last 30 years than the entire 200-year period from 1750 to 1950. the longer you're likely to live!         A Skewed Sex Ratio It's a woman's world.   WE TEND TO IGNORE THIS FACT: Women live longer than men — and this has consequences! As the world's population grows steadily older. a woman. A man of 75 has a 50-50 chance of reaching 84. Life expectancy has increased dramatically for those in infancy. Add improvements in nutrition and sanitation. As their share of the population increases with age. and contagious diseases. and even early adulthood due to improved medical breakthroughs in solving problems with birth. The ratio male and 50. Today. the 2010 U. http://transgenerational. a person age 65 can expect to live another 15 years. it also becomes predominantly more female.S. Census bureau splits the American population 49. early infancy disorders. childhood. women characteristically comprise the majority of the older population in the majority of countries throughout the world. Increased Longevity for All ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER—older people are not the only beneficiaries of increased longevity.htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM]    .The Demographics of Aging Put in perspective. 86. Today. In 2008 alone. an estimated 62 million more women than men lived to age 65 and over. and we can see the reasons why most children today reach adulthood and why most adults reach old age. The bottom line: The longer you live.8% female.

women increasingly outnumber men. The 2010 Census reports there were approximately twice as many women as men at age 89. But the gap in mortality between men and women that occurs in the older ages continues to narrow. This point occurs about 4 years older than it did in 2000.The Demographics of Aging The sex ratio (the number of men per 100 women) also changes over the human life span.   http://transgenerational. result in increasingly fewer men than women tallied within each of the elderly sub-populations. 105 male births occur for every 100 female births. As time passes. Their number continues to drops to 72 in the 75-84 age group. Surprisingly. evidence of the narrowing gap .htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM]      . the higher mortality rates for men. For every 100 females In the 65-74 age group. beginning at birth and continuing throughout the life course. For the old-old groups (85 and older) the sex ratio becomes even more pronounced expanding to an astounding 49 men for every 100 women. From that age on. The implications are self evident. the number of males continues to exceed females until the third decade (20-29).org/aging/demographics. we find only 86 males.. Still. and six years older than it did in 1990. Desiging for an aging population means designing for a gender imbalance of older females..

their number is projected to reach over 7. The older population is becoming increasingly more racially and ethnically diverse as the overall minority population grows and experiences increased longevity. they outlive whites by 2. The population of older Hispanics was 2. ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS ARE OF MINORITY RACE AND/OR ETHNICITY They break down like this: Hispanics  America's largest and fastest growing minority population is Hispanic. Their number is projected to swell to over 17 million by 2050 and account for 19.The Demographics of Aging   Race and Ethnicity   One would expect to find older people to be similarly distributed among racial/ethnic subpopulations. Their number is projected to grow to over 9. By 2019 they will be the largest racial/ethnic minority in this age group. this segment contained over 1. By 2050.6 percent of the older population.3 percent of the older population.8 percent of the populaton.9 million and reach 11 percent by 2050. percent of the older population. Black or African American In 2008. accounting for 3.5 years and blacks by almost eight years.S.7 million in 2008—or 6. accounting for 8. making up 15% of the total U.Their number is projected to grow to almost 918. Hawaiian & Pacific Islanders In 2008.6 million. 3.4 percent of Americns aged 65 and older.000 by 2050. But this is not the case. Asian.2 million Blacks or African Americans accounted for 8.htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM] . With a life expectancy of nearly 81 years.605 in 2007 and accounted for 0. American Indian and Native Alaskan The American Indian and Native Alaskin older population was 212. OUR MIXED HERITAGE http://transgenerational.8 percent of America's older population.3 million people.

htm[11/19/2015 8:54:22 PM] . activities and independence. They help you accommodate—and attract—their swelling purchasing resulting in a decrease in the white majority and proportionate increases in the percentages of minority elderly.794 persons 65 and older consider themselves to be American Indians or Alaska Natives along with another race category.           http://transgenerational. population.         Transgenerational homes and products can help maintain those active lifestyles. a total of 369. Thus.0 percent of the U. By 2050 they will account for 1.399 persons 65 and older report having Amerian Indian or Alaska Native heritage.S.The Demographics of Aging   An additional 156. The country's population distribution by sub-group shows a disparity in life expectancy caused by: varying birth rates socio-economic factors immigration rates inaccuracies due to enumeration problems of the census itself In the next several decades. the percentages should change.                       Click HERE to obtain permission to reuse our copyrighted content.