Boom Goes the American Population

Older Adults are on the Rise!

 

Review : “Aging U.S. Population” by Andrea Wells , 4-2-18

 

American Population Boom - Aging with purpose LLC - elder abuse advocacy - nursing home negligenceWhile the rest of the country is focused on political nonsense, picketing, riots, and harassing others on social media—the United States is experiencing a huge population shift. Why media is not allowing this notion to percolate through the filter and permeate society is lost to me. One would think this is an important topic, no? It affects everyone yet nobody [ especially our government ] seems to care enough to put the changing trajectory of the American population on blast.

 

Wells compiles some fantastic number data in her article revealing that by 2030 all baby boomers will be over the age of 65 which means “1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age”. Considering only Baby Boomer generation— that is 78 million people over the age of 65 in the United States. This number does not include the Silent Generation (born between 1925-1945) many of whom are still living. Summate those numbers together and you have 30% of the United states population being greater than 65 years of age. “‘The aging of baby boomers means that within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history,” said Jonathan Vespa, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau.’”  Let’s let that permeate the room for a moment.

Taking into consideration that American population statistics have shown the age of mortality to be increasing, meaning people are living through their 90s, that’s a huge chunk of people not working. This beautiful group of people who have spent their lives working and building will shift into a generation requiring support as they support their loved ones, suckling off the teat of the Medicare and Social Security system (into which they have been pouring 25% of their paychecks), and wondering how they are going to survive the next 40 years of their life.

Is that aroma attractive to you? Wake up Millennial Generation! This is going to affect you most of all!! Get your head out of this trite political foolishness and realizeAmerican Population Boom - Aging with purpose LLC - elder abuse advocacy - nursing home negligencethat you are going to be living right in the desolation zone of the American population trajectory! You are going to wake up one day and realize that while you were walking through life in ignorance that you are entitled to gross amounts of public benefits, individuality, and the right to do whatever it is that you want to do without caring for your family or community, you were becoming the minority.  Wells states, “By 2020, there will be about three-and-a-half working-age adults for every retirement-age person. By 2060, that ratio will fall to just two-and-a-half working-age adults for every retirement-age person.” It is now your job to care for your children, parents, and grandparents. There will be no government dollars to support you. There will be no nursing homes to ‘put’ them. There will be no ‘choice’ for which to fight.

 

The article continues to disillusion the public by revealing that “The 2030s are projected to be a transformative decade for the U.S. population…Net international migration is projected to overtake natural increase in 2030 as the primary driver of population growth in the United States, another demographic first for the country.” In other words, as the United States’ birth rates are slowing, death rates will remain constant, and migration continues to increase which means my 2040, the United States as you know it, will be very different.

But hey, who wants to talk about the population changes when we can talk about the latest marriage in Hollywood, what someone wore on the red carpet, or what some politician said 20 years ago.

Good job, American Media. Good job.

 

What are your thoughts about the changing trajectory of the American Population? Do you think it has relevance?

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L is a blogger, freelance writer, and elder care advocate. With 10 years of experience in the elder care industry including educating older adults/caregivers on Medicare/Medicaid insurance, claims processing, occupational therapist, private consultant to assisted living facilities, and director of rehabilitation, Michelle now advocates for justice in the elder care industry and the rights of America’s most vulnerable population. Michelle’s platform is elder abuse and nursing home negligence awareness.