National Institute on Aging Report Profiles Older Americans
WASHINGTON-The collective face of the United States population aged 65 and over has changed considerably over the years. Today’s older Americans are living longer, having lower rates of disability and achieving higher levels of education. And the baby boomers-the first of whom celebrated their 60th birthdays in 2006, will change that face even further.
A report prepared by the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA’s) Behavioral and Social Research Program titled, “65+ in the United States: 2005,” and released last month provides a snapshot of health and socioeconomic status of the aging population in the U.S., as well as predicting what the next 25 years will look like for those 65 and older.
By 2030, almost one out of every five Americans-approximately 72 million people-will be 64 or older, the report states. The fastest growing segment of the U.S. population is currently the 85 and older age group.