Fast facts: aging in America

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America’s population is aging rapidly: nearly one in every seven, or almost15 percent, of our population, is 65+. In some communities, this is even higher. Over the next decade, this number will double. Whether or not you intend to fund in aging, you will likely find older adults among the populations you serve.

How much do you know about older Americans? They are more diverse, healthier, and important to our communities than you may think.

Older adults are ethnically diverse:

Older adults are a resource for their families.

  • Older adults are increasingly serving as unpaid caregivers for family members.
  • More than one-third of the approximately 65 million Americans who are providing care for aging parents or a disabled family member are between the ages of 50 and 64.
  • 2.6 million grandparents are responsible for raising their grandchildren.

Older adults are a resource for their communities:

Older adults care about their communities and their country:

Yet some older adults need help:

  • Nearly 9 percent of older adults live in poverty.

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