The Kansas City area's older adult population is expected to nearly double over the next 20 years, from almost 180,000 in 2007 to more than 372,000 by the year 2030 — a 107 percent increase.
There are now more people over age 65 than at any other time in American history.
Baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) began turning 65 in January 2011 at the rate of 10,000 per day. This "aging" will continue at the rate of 10,000 every day for the next 20 years.
Our average life expectancy has risen from 47.3 years in 1900 to 78.3 years today.
By 2030, 20 percent of Americans, 75 million people, will be 65 or older compared to 42 million today. The number of those 85 and older will be close to 21 million.
Women make up three-fourths of the 90-and-over population today. The number of people age 90 or older has tripled since 1980 to 1.9 million and that number is projected to reach 8.7 million by 2050, or 1:10 older Americans.
Eight out of ten of this age group are white; 7.6 percent African-American; 4 percent Hispanic and 2.2 percent Asian.