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October 5, 2018
The over-60 population in America is growing at the fastest pace ever in our nation’s history. Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn age 65. That means that by 2030, 73 million — or one in five — people in America will be age 65 or older.
This historic change in American demographics can already be seen in some parts of the country, especially rural areas where available services are unable to keep pace with the growing need. Advocates at all levels, and government leaders, must understand the massive demographic shift that is coming our way, as it will affect all aspects of our culture.
In my opinion, public policy, funding, and initiatives that affect older adults, caregivers, and their access to services should reflect the following principles:
The bottom line is that public policies and funding should help older adults live safely at home; eat well and stay healthy; avoid unnecessary, more costly, institutional care; and live with dignity.
By Pam Dukes, Executive DirectorBack to All News & Blog