The Aging Population In The United States

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Over the past few decades and in the coming decades the structure of United States’ population is expected to change greatly. Changes in population are primarily focused on the older population as it is “important to public and private interest, both socially and economically” (Ortman, Velkoff, 2014, p. 1). To put it into perspective, the population of those 65 and over in 2050 is expected to be 83.7 million compared to the 431 million in 2012 mostly due to the baby boomer generation. While the aging population provides the nation with great qualities such as work ethic, wisdom, leadership, legacy, inspiration, values, tradition, and culture, there are several concerns that arise with a population that contains a distortional amount of older …show more content…
There is a large variety of living situations that take place as people age, and with more and more aging and living longer, these situations are likely to need some adjustment. Many worry that a lack of funding, family support, and health care staffing will negatively affect the oldest old. “While the cost of long-term care is a burden to families and society, there are other concerns as well. For example, the staffing needs of caring for aging populations have increased the migration of health workers from lower income to higher income nations. Clearly, it is not premature to talk about the globalization of support for older persons” (NIANIH, 2007, p. 17). While the article just scratches the surface of potential issues that will arise from an aging population, it is important to know that there are several disadvantages when it comes to the aging population living longer as awful as that may …show more content…
According to an article ran by the Washington Post, Basulto (2014) explains that researches at the University of Washington feel that the aging population can bring us several benefits after all. Researchers believe that “most importantly, an aging population could lead to productivity gains throughout the economy due to expected increases in workers’ educational levels” (Basulto, 2014). Researchers went on to say that this added potential of education will offset the predicted loss of workers in the labor force as we would have a smaller pool of highly productive workers as opposed to a larger pool of just okay

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