Michigan’s Aging Population Demographics

The Baby Boomers are coming and so is an unprecedented demand for long- term care services. We can’t really plan for the future of long-term care in Michgan without considering the unique spike in growth of the elderly population which is right around the corner. Residents of nursing facilities in Michigan today are generally considered to be members of the “greatest generation.” The next generation — the Baby Boomers — will be the largest generation in the history of our country and soon they will be the largest generation of retirees in our history as well. Baby Boomers will require the largest expansion of long-term care services in our history. The following are interesting facts and figures regarding our aging population.

• “Baby Boomer” is the name given to the generation of people born during the post World War II spike in birth rates.
• By 2015, those 85 years and older will increase by 40 percent and aging baby boomers will swell the 65 and older population by 26 percent.
• The Baby Boomer generation is considered to be individuals born between the years of 1946 and 1964. The birth rate during this period was approximately twice the birth rate we experience today.
• Between 1946 and 1964, 79 million babies were born. The baby boomers begin turning 65 in 2011. By 2030, the entire cohort of baby boomers will be 65.
• In Michigan, as well as across the nation, 28 percent of the population today is made up of baby boomers. Almost three out of every 10 Americans today are baby boomers.
• In the U.S. today, a baby boomer turns 60 every seven seconds.
• The fastest growing segment of our population is individuals 85 and older.
• In 2009, we have six million individuals who are 85 or older. By 2050, 21 million Americans will be 85 or older. By 2050, we will have almost one million citizens who are 100 years of age.

The impact of the aging of the baby boomers on our health and long-term care infrastructure at the state and federal levels is staggering. It is time to plan for how Michigan is going to address this incredible demand for long-term care services in the years to come.aging population demographics

The above article has been taken from the Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM) special publication LEGISLATIVE GUIDE TO TODAY’S NURSING FACILITY.

http://hcam.org/

www.medilodge.com

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