ERIC Number: ED154319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Some Prospects for the Future Elderly Population. Statistical Reports on Older Americans, Number 3.
Fowles, Donald G.
This publication brings together a large number of facts and statistics about the country's growing population of older adults. Data indicate that regardless of their economic situation, the elderly population will not only be growing rapidly in the future but will be changing rapidly as well. The trend toward early retirement coupled with longer life expectancy will mean many more years of retirement. The increasing proportion of elderly who will fall in the over-75 and over-85 age groups will require additional resources to handle the physical and emotional problems which occur more frequently in these age groups. The growing proportion of women, many of whom will be widowed and living alone, will require additional resources to meet their social needs. The rising numbers of elderly who live alone will require housing alternatives to institutionalization in order that they may continue to live independent lives while learning to cope with physical infirmities. The nation's population as a whole, as it becomes progressively older in composition, must learn to deal with the changing needs of its members. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC. National Clearinghouse on Aging.