Aging Trends

The Alliance for Children and Families added this focus on aging trends to the Scanning the Horizons family of knowledge products in October 2011. It responds to a dramatic shift in American demographics: Seventy million American adults will reach age 65 by 2029, yet human service organizations and government entities have been slow to keep pace with programs and services.

This collection is designed to call attention the challenges older adults face, as well as to define the programmatic implications aging has on human service organizations.

The project is a collaboration between the Alliance Severson Center and Alliance New Age of Aging initiative.

In addition to the collection of resources below, additional terms and resources will be added in the coming weeks.

Scanning the Horizons: A Focused Report on Aging Trends, Executive Summary

This publication serves as an executive summary for chief executives, senior leaders, grant writers, program staff, and board members.

Aging in Place Challenges

This image showcases the interconnectedness  of the challenges, which are defined and expanded upon in the Scanning the Horizons: A Focus on Aging Trends Executive Summary.

Percent of Population 65 and Older by State, 2010 and 2030

These maps depict how every state will experience an increase in the older adult population, but certain states will be impacted more profoundly.

U.S. Population 65 and Older by
Race, 2000 and 2050

This graph depicts how, within the total population of adults 65 and older, greater numbers of older adults will be from minority populations, while fewer older adults will be from the white population.

U.S. Population 65 and Older, and 85 and Older

This graph depicts how the number of adults 65 and older will increase considerably, from 12 percent of the total population in 2000 to 20 percent in 2050. The number of “older old,” defined as adults 85 years or older, will increase from 4.3 million adults (1.5 percent of the population) in 2000 to 19 million adults (4.3 percent of the population) in 2050.

Expanded Impacts and Opportunities by Topic

This document includes impact and opportunity statements from the Scanning the Horizons: A Focus on Aging Trends Executive Summary, as well as additional and expanded statements.

Webinar Presentation

This slide presentation addresses high-level trends, issues, factors, concerns, uncertainties, and drivers affecting nonprofit human service organizations.

Resource List

This list of resources provides additional information and context about the aging in place challenge.

For additional statistics or resources, contact the Alliance Severson Center.

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