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The American Age Wave is Making History

The unprecedented age wave of the Boomer generation is changing family dynamics.

Ever since the Baby Boomer Generation hit the streets leading protests in the early 60s, they have made history. This 18-year age span of people born between 1946 and 1964 have now started turning the milestone age of 65.

What this means is staggering and is once again making history. Ten-thousand people will turn 65 every single day from now through the next 20 years. Every single day. By the year 2030, one of every five Americans will be 65 or older. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s national population projections released in 2009, the number of Americans 65 years old or older will grow from 40 million to 54.6 million by 2020—a 36 percent increase and the addition of 14.6 million seniors to the population.

The United States has never before experienced such an age wave of unprecedented proportion. A fundamental shift is now taking place in our country, from the way new products are designed, to how they are marketed, to how our communities are built, how government will provide services, and what it means for the workplace. It will change family dynamics in a way we haven’t seen since these very same baby boomers first burst onto the scene.

Most older Americans are optimistic about the future, according to a 2012 survey by the National Council on Aging. But many also admit they are going to need some help at home. Thirteen percent of all seniors 70 years and older find they need help to accomplish some of the tasks of daily living. One third of all seniors think they will need a caregiver in the future. In Southern California, two-thirds of caregivers live with the senior being cared for, which is 10 percent above the national average.

This means more of the children and younger relatives of the Baby Boomer generation will find themselves becoming family caregivers. Caring for an older relative is the reality for 43.5 million Americans, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.

With people living longer than ever, this is the first generation that might care for its parents as long as it cared for its children according to organizations like AARP. AARP calls this “the new normal” of family caregiving.

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Nici Asten November 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Ten thousand per day sounds overwhelming, but the more meaningful figures are the margins between 10,000 and whatever the turn-65-per-day numbers are for years before and after the baby-boom generation bulge. Whatever those figures are, they're far less dramatic than 10,000.
Josh Allen November 26, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Thank you so much for your comment, Nici. Interesting point you bring up. The Pew Research Center has reported that by the year 2030, when all of the “Boomers” have reach 65, 18% of the national will be at least that age. Currently, just 13% of the U.S. is over age 65. Here is some more info on that: http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=1150

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