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Caring for an aging population: Past, Present, Future

Older adults, defined as people aged 65 and older, make up a larger part of the health care system than ever before. This growing segment of the population has very different demographics and health needs. To create a sustainable model and provide the best level of care, we have to understand who makes up the older adult population, how their financial and health status has changed over time, and what labor force supports them.

In this infographic series, we explore:

More on caring for seniors

Explore the collection of resources that our team has developed to help you understand how the industry is currently caring for older adults (ages 65+), why change is essential, and how industry stakeholders can collaborate to build a better care model for seniors.



Demographic information, including age range, sex composition, and socioeconomic status.
Caring for an aging population demographics, including population and age, sex composition, race and ethnicity, social/housing characteristics, geographic breakdown, and financial situation

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Health profiles, including prevalent chronic conditions and life expectancy.
Caring for an aging population health needs, including life expectancy, most common conditions, leading causes of death, and mental health status

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The cost of care and how seniors pay for care.
Caring for an aging population cost of care, including out-of-pocket costs, Medicare, and Medicare Advantage

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The workforce supporting older adults, from un-paid caregivers to geriatricians.
Caring for an aging population workforce, including direct care workers, unpaid caregiving, geriatricians, and long-term care providers

For footnotes, see the pdf.

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