The Public Price of Growing Old Aging Research Winter 2015

North Carolina’s population is aging. In 2011, the number of individuals age 65 and older who call the state home began to grow at an estimated rate of 153 persons each day, 56,000 persons each year. If this projected rate of growth continues, approximately 20 of every 100 North Carolinians—some 2.3 million individuals in all—will be age 65 or older by 2030.1 Population aging is a dynamic hardly unique to North Carolina; rather, the entire country is traveling down the same demographic road due to the aging of the “Baby Boomers,” the 76-million person cohort born between 1946 and 1964.2 Thanks to advancements in medicine, public health, and socioeconomic conditions, Baby Boomers are poised to enter the last third of their lives enjoying degrees of health and independence far surpassing those experienced by prior generations.3 Viewed in one light, this is a stunning social achievement.… Full story »

Comparing the Aging Population and Long-Term Care Across OECD Countries Aging Research Winter 2015

Across the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member and partner countries included in the data, the share of the population over 80 years old will increase, on average, from 4 percent in 2010 to 10 percent by 2050. At 16 percent, Japan will see the largest percentage among the member countries, and Mexico, at 6 percent, the smallest.… Full story »

Cecilia Ebron’s Story Aging Research Winter 2015

For many caregivers, the responsibilities for tending to an elderly loved one can become a life-altering event, often meaning that their own lives and careers are put on hold. Cecilia Ebron’s mother suffered a massive stroke in April 2012, affecting the left side of her body and leaving her with diminished mental capabilities.… Full story »