The Demographics of Aging...
Fifty million aging Baby Boomers are sparking demand for products and environments that accommodate their changing physical and sensory capabilities.
Human Aging— A Recent Phenomenon
NEVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY has our planet contained so many older people— or such a large percentage of them. This has not always been the case. As late as 1930, America's older population numbered less than 7 million—only 5.4% of the population.
Today, one out of every 9 Americans is "old"—another former youth turns 50 every 8 seconds. Those age 65 and older now exceed 35 million, a number poised to explode. January 2011 ushered in the first of approximately 77 million Baby Boomers, born from 1946 through 1964 and surging toward the gates of retirement.
The latest U.S. Census Bureau brief on data from the 2010 Census shows seniors increasing faster than younger populations, raising the nation's median age from 35.3 in 2000 to 37.2 in 2010, with seven states having a median age of 40 or older.
Between 2000 and 2010, the 45 to 64 population grew 31.5 percent to 81.5 million, and now makes up 26. 4 percent of the total U.S. population. This rapid growth is due to aging of the Baby Boom generation.
Each year more than 3.5 million Boomers turn 55.Their swelling numbers predict that, by 2012, America's 50 and older population will reach 100 million. And according to the UN Population Division, 1 in 5 people are expected to be 65 or older by 2035.
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The Elderly Sub-populations
The "Old" 74-84
The "Oldest-Old" 85+
Elderly Boomers Will be Different
They'll continue to bike, hike, swim, sail, and ski—play softball and basketball. They'll move to the mountains, beaches, islands, college towns— where the physical and intellectual action is.
A survey by Del Web showed that half of them expect to work at least part-time once they retire. And they'll want offices in their homes—with highspeed internet connections for those two or more computers, which 40 percent of them already own. As LeRoy Hanneman, president and CEO of Del Web says...
A Recent Global Phenomenon
Projected Acceleration of Population Aging
HERE ARE THE PREDICTIONS:
One of Nine Americans is Old
SOME SURPRISING FACTS:
THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION ON AGING reports that in 2009 the older population of those 65 and older was 39.6 million, representing 12.9 percent of the U.S. population, or about one in every eight Americans.
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TOMORROW'S ELDER POPULATION will differ from those of past decades. They will enjoy longer lives, better health and more active life styles than previous generations. Still, the overwhelming majority will also face a growing and continuous challenge—maintaining their precious independence.
Today, according to the AARP, upon retirement, 9 out of 10 seniors already stay where they are, prefering to grow old in their own homes. But successful "aging in place" demands that one's home and household products not only provide continuedenjoyment and stimulation, it must also support one's declining functional limitations and enhance one's quality of life.
Refusing to be stigmatized by living in a "home for the Aged" or using "elderly products," aging Baby Boomers will seek out designs that accommodate rather than discriminate, symmpathize rather than stigmatize, and appeal to users of all ages and abilities.
Three factors drive the Increase in life expectancy:
Life Expectancy at an All Time High
By 1930, life expectancy had risen to 59.7 years, rising again in 1960 to 69.7 years. Continuing its dramatic rise, life expectancy increased 1.4 years from 76.5 in 1997 to 77.9 in 2007.
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Declining Mortality Rates
While heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death, accounted for nearly half (48.5 percent) of all deaths in 2007, mortality rates declined significantly for eight of the 15 leading causes of death:
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Increased Longevity for All
ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER—older people are not the only beneficiaries of increased longevity. Life expectancy has increased dramatically for those in infancy, childhood, and even early adulthood due to improved medical breakthroughs in solving problems with birth, early infancy disorders, and contagious diseases.
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It's a woman's world.
Today, the 2010 U.S. Census bureau splits the American population 49.2% male and 50.8% female. As their share of the population increases with age, women characteristically comprise the majority of the older population in the majority of countries throughout the world.
The ratio changes.
The sex ratio (the number of men per 100 women) also changes over the human life span. Surprisingly, 105 male births occur for every 100 female births. As time passes, the number of males continues to exceed females until the third decade (20-29). From that age on, women increasingly outnumber men.
For every 100 females In the 65-74 age group, we find only 86 males. Their number continues to drops to 72 in the 75-84 age group. For the old-old groups (85 and older) the sex ratio becomes even more pronounced expanding to an astounding 49 men for every 100 women.
But the gap in mortality between men and women that occurs in the older ages continues to narrow. The 2010 Census reports there were approximately twice as many women as men at age 89. This point occurs about 4 years older than it did in 2000, and six years older than it did in 1990, evidence of the narrowing gap .
Still, the higher mortality rates for men, beginning at birth and continuing throughout the life course, result in increasingly fewer men than women tallied within each of the elderly sub-populations.
The implications are self evident...
Desiging for an aging population means designing for a gender imbalance of older females.
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Transgenerational homes and products can help maintain those active lifestyles, activities and independence. They help you accommodate—and attract—their swelling purchasing power.
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