Within 10 years, all of the nation’s 74 million Baby Boomers will be 65 or older. The most senior among them will be on the cusp of 85. Even sooner, by 2025, the number of seniors (65 million) is expected to surpass that of children age 13 and under (58 million) for the first time, according to Census Bureau projections. What lies ahead in the 2020s, as society copes with this unprecedented demographic shift? A crisis of care. Never have so many people lived so long, entering the furthest reaches of old age and becoming at risk of illness, frailty, disability, cognitive decline and the need for personal assistance. Living better, longer. Could extending “healthspan” – the time during which older adults are healthy and able to function independently – ease some of these pressures? Working longer. How will economically vulnerable seniors survive? Many will see no choice but to try to work past age 65, not necessarily because they prefer to, but because they need to.

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