Trends according to the US census:
- Over the past 10 years, the population 65 and over increased from 36.6 million in 2005 to 47.8 million in 2015 (a 30% increase) and is projected to more than double to 98 million in 2060.
- Between 2005 and 2015 the population age 60 and over increased 34% from 49.8 million to 66.8 million.
- The 85+ population is projected to triple from 6.3 million in 2015 to 14.6 million in 2040.
- Racial and ethnic minority populations have increased from 6.7 million in 2005 (18% of the older adult population) to 10.6 million in 2015 (22% of older adults) and are projected to increase to 21.1million in 2030 (28% of older adults).
- The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 14.9% between 2005 and 2015.
- About one in every seven, or 14.9%, of the population is an older American, that figure is higher in Florida.
- Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.4 years (20.6 years for females and 18 years for males).
- There were 76,974 persons aged 100 or more in 2015 (0.2% of the total 65+ population).
- Older women outnumber older men at 26.7 million older women to 21.1 million older men.
- This is an unprecedented situation in the United States. 10,000 people in the United States are turning 65 every day and this will go on till 2030. The reason for this is that 76 million babies were born between 1946 and 1964.
Population Trends in Florida according to the Florida Legislature Office of Economic & Demographic Research( 3/17/14)
Between 2010 and 2030 Florida’s population is forecast to grow by almost 4.8 million people. Florida’s oldest population (60+) will account for most of Florida’s population growth, 56.9%.
Compared to the US population of 20% of citizens older than 65, Florida’s forecast is 24.1 % of the total population by 2030.
Between 2010 and 2040, Florida’s elder population is forecast to double. This represents a greater need for seniors. While ¼ of todays seniors live alone, they prefer face to face interaction.
At this very same time, changes in Western Culture have led to an increased generational disconnect. Children spend a great deal of their time in the care of centers and schools where they are cared for. Changes in family structure, budget restraints at the school level and increased work hours by the parents or grandparents have contributed to a higher demand for child care services. Quality care has become a national concern for both children and seniors.