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Infographic: Our Aging Population

2011 marks the year that a large majority of the Baby Boomer generation turns 65. This means that there is a larger generation of senior citizens in the US than ever before.  The infographic to your left breaks down this growing demographic to showcase trends that should not be ignored.

There are currently 40.2 million Americans over the age of 65, but that number will more than double by 2050! To put that into perspective, by 2030, 1 in 5 people will be over the age of 65.  Another way to look at this is by population growth. The entire US population is expected to grow 42% from 2010 to 2050, but the 85+ population is expected to grow 328%!

These are daunting statistics because the level of care for seniors is not growing like it should. Demand is booming, but nursing homes and assisted living facilities are closing by the dozens each year.

In fact, 68% of seniors will be dependent on the help of senior care facilities by 2050, so big changes need to happen in the US in order to keep nursing homes open and growing.

The senior population is a melting pot, much like the US. that said, women outnumber men as women are shown to live longer. It will be important for assisted living homes to provide sensitivity training for their tenants and employees, with regards to diversity and equality to ensure every dependent is treated fairly and with respect.

Browse through this infographic to the left, which provides very detailed information about the growing senior demographic.

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