Aging … new thoughts and updated data

old yet

“New measures of population aging are useful because tomorrow’s older people will not be like today’s. They may well have longer life expectancies, better cognition, better education, and fewer severe disabilities . In most OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, the labor force participation of people 65+ years old is increasing  as are the ages at which people can receive a normal national pension . Since changes in the characteristics of people are ignored in the conventional measures of aging,

In an article at Futurity.org, a study suggests “Aging should be based on the number of years people are likely to live in a given country in the 21st century, say researchers. By that logic, 70 may be the new 60.

Click here to read the article: “Are you ‘old’ yet? The cut-off has shifted.”

aging america

In a news release from the United States Census Bureau, “The Nation’s Older Population Is Still Growing, Census Bureau Reports” that “The nation’s population has a distinctly older age profile than it did 16 years ago, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today.

“New detailed estimates show the nation’s median age — the age where half of the population is younger and the other half older — rose from 35.3 years on April 1, 2000, to 37.9 years on July 1, 2016.

“‘The baby-boom generation is largely responsible for this trend,’ said Peter Borsella, a demographer in the Population Division. ‘Baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011 and will continue to do so for many years to come.’

“Residents age 65 and over grew from 35.0 million in 2000, to 49.2 million in 2016, accounting for 12.4 percent and 15.2 percent of the total population, respectively.”

Click here to continue reading this United States Census Bureau news release.

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