How Prepared is Your Community
for the Coming “Age Wave”?
Aging in Our Communities Team
Family Living Programs
2010 Statew...
Are America’s Communities Ready for
the Impacts of an Aging Population?
Maturing of America
Survey (2005)
– sent to 10,000...
Audience participation using
“response cards”
What is your current
age?
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1. Under 31
2. 31-40
3. 41-50
4. 51-60
5. 61-70
6. 71-80
7. Over 80
Which of the following best
describes your county?
0%
0%
0%
0%1. Predominately rural
2. Predominately urban
3. Mixed
4. Do...
How prepared is your community/county for
the coming “age wave” ?
2007 Report
National Association of
Area Agencies of Aging
SEE PACKET HANDOUT
HOUSING: “Are assisted living options
available and affordable to a broad
range of residents?”
0%
0%
0%1. Yes
2. No
3. Don...
PLANNING AND ZONING:
“Can residents safely and conveniently
get necessary goods and servces w/o
having to drive?”
0%
0%
0%...
TRANSPORTATION: “Can most
residents walk or use community
transportation to get to a grocery store,
doctor’s office, or ph...
HEALTH AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES:
“Are inexpensive transportation services
offered to and from health care facilities?”
0%
0...
CULTURE AND LIFELONG LEARNING:
“Does the library in your community
have a program to deliver books to
people in their home...
PUBLIC SAFETY: “Would most older
adults say they feel safe living in the
community?”
0%
0%
0%1. Yes
2. No
3. Don’t know
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND VOLUNTEER
OPPORTUNITIES: “Have older adults
been surveyed about their volunteer
interests?”
0%
0%
0%1...
Presentation Outline
• PART 1: Population Aging
• PART 2: Impacts of Aging Populations
• PART 3: Creating Aging-Friendly C...
Aging
Whether we like it or not (or whether we admit
it or not), all of us – as individuals - experience
aging.
What are s...
Aging in human beings can be measured in a
number of ways: chronological, biological,
psychological, social, functional, e...
How is Population Aging Measured?
Measuring/Tracking Population Aging
• Number of persons age 65+ in a population
• Percent of a population age 65+
• Median...
Population Aging
Global National State County
Population Aging: A Global Perspective
Within the next 10 years, for the first time in
human history….
…the percentage (and number) of persons age
65+ in the world will be greater than those age 5
and younger!
Current Awareness of Global Aging
Median Age in 12 Countries
• By the year 2030, the
median age of the entire
developed world is
projected to be 45.
• In Ja...
Population Aging: The United States
From 1900 through 2003, life expectancy at
birth increased from 48 to 75 years for men
(a gain of 27 years) and from 51 to...
Increase in Number of Americans Age 65+
?
January 2011: Beginning of the “Age Wave”
Percentage of Americans Age 65 and
Older: 1900-2050
Aging of the Baby
Boomers…
• When the baby boomers
(aka “aging” boomers) start
turning 65 in January 2011, approximately 1...
Percentage of Americans Age 65
Expected to Survive to Age 90
Growth of U.S. Centenarians
100+!
Projected Percentage Increases in the Number of
Persons 65+ by Race: 1995-2050
Source: ““A Portrait of Older Minorities” (...
Population Aging: Wisconsin
Percent of Population Age 65+
State Rankings (2000 Census)
Ranked 1st 17.6% Ranked 20th 13.1%
Wisconsin Projections
Population Pyramids for Wisconsin
1900 and 2035
Population Aging in Wisconsin:
A County Perspective
• In the 2000 Census, almost
18% of Florida’s population
was age 65+. ...
See Packet Handout: County Population
Projections Through 2035
County-Level Data on Population Aging…
UW Extension Applied Population Lab
Population Aging in Wisconsin
Percentage of Persons Age 65+ by County: 2010-2035
Wisconsin’s Age Wave
See Packet Handout
By the year 2035, will the percent
of persons age 65+ in your county
be greater than was the case for
Florida in the 2000 ...
Median Age by
County (2007)
Oldest Counties:
Iron County-- 47.6 years
Vilas County– 46.9 years
Door County– 46.1 years
Flo...
Fastest Aging
Counties:
Change in Median
Age between 2000-
2007
Price County: 41.7 –> 45.6
Wood County: 38.0 –> 41.9
Flore...
Preparing for the “Age Wave”
To ensure that older Americans don’t just add years
to their lives, but that quality is added...
What Impacts Will Population Aging
Have on Wisconsin Communities?
Families Housing Transportation Other?
What Impacts Will Population Aging
Have on Wisconsin Communities?
See Packet Handout:
Small Group Activity – Identifying Impacts
How Will the Aging Population Impact
Wisconsin Families?
How Will the Aging Population Impact
Housing?
How Will the Aging Population Impact
Transportation?
• What are the key attributes or characteristics
of aging-friendly communities; that is, when
can you tell whether a commu...
See Packet Handout - Small Group Activity:
Qualities of Aging-Friendly Communities
Qualities or Attributes of an Aging-
Friendly Community
• Inclusive
• Sustainable
• Healthy
• Accessible
• Interdependent
...
State-Level Planning
Examples of Wisconsin Communities
and Counties Who Have Started to Plan
See Packet Handout: Resources
UW Extension Blog:
http://fyi.uwex.edu/agingfriendlycommunities/
See Packet Handout
??Questions We All Need to Ask ??
• Is your community a good place to grow up
and grow old?
• Will your community meet you...
Are you willing to take the risk?
Creating Aging Friendly Communities in Wisconsin: How Prepared is Your Community for the Coming Age Wave?
Creating Aging Friendly Communities in Wisconsin: How Prepared is Your Community for the Coming Age Wave?
Creating Aging Friendly Communities in Wisconsin: How Prepared is Your Community for the Coming Age Wave?
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Creating Aging Friendly Communities in Wisconsin: How Prepared is Your Community for the Coming Age Wave?

  1. 1. How Prepared is Your Community for the Coming “Age Wave”? Aging in Our Communities Team Family Living Programs 2010 Statewide Cooperative Extension Conference October 20, 2010 - Madison, WI
  2. 2. Are America’s Communities Ready for the Impacts of an Aging Population? Maturing of America Survey (2005) – sent to 10,000 communities nationwide FINDING: Only 46% of U.S. communities have even begun planning efforts to prepare for the impacts of an aging population.
  3. 3. Audience participation using “response cards”
  4. 4. What is your current age? 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1. Under 31 2. 31-40 3. 41-50 4. 51-60 5. 61-70 6. 71-80 7. Over 80
  5. 5. Which of the following best describes your county? 0% 0% 0% 0%1. Predominately rural 2. Predominately urban 3. Mixed 4. Don’t know
  6. 6. How prepared is your community/county for the coming “age wave” ?
  7. 7. 2007 Report National Association of Area Agencies of Aging SEE PACKET HANDOUT
  8. 8. HOUSING: “Are assisted living options available and affordable to a broad range of residents?” 0% 0% 0%1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  9. 9. PLANNING AND ZONING: “Can residents safely and conveniently get necessary goods and servces w/o having to drive?” 0% 0% 0%1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  10. 10. TRANSPORTATION: “Can most residents walk or use community transportation to get to a grocery store, doctor’s office, or pharmacy?” 0% 0% 0%1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  11. 11. HEALTH AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES: “Are inexpensive transportation services offered to and from health care facilities?” 0% 0% 0%1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  12. 12. CULTURE AND LIFELONG LEARNING: “Does the library in your community have a program to deliver books to people in their homes?” 0% 0% 0%1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  13. 13. PUBLIC SAFETY: “Would most older adults say they feel safe living in the community?” 0% 0% 0%1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  14. 14. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: “Have older adults been surveyed about their volunteer interests?” 0% 0% 0%1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  15. 15. Presentation Outline • PART 1: Population Aging • PART 2: Impacts of Aging Populations • PART 3: Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
  16. 16. Aging Whether we like it or not (or whether we admit it or not), all of us – as individuals - experience aging. What are some common ways to measure human aging?
  17. 17. Aging in human beings can be measured in a number of ways: chronological, biological, psychological, social, functional, etc.
  18. 18. How is Population Aging Measured?
  19. 19. Measuring/Tracking Population Aging • Number of persons age 65+ in a population • Percent of a population age 65+ • Median age: the age that divides a population into numerically equal parts • Number of years that it takes for the percent persons age 65+ in a population to rise from 7 to 14 percent
  20. 20. Population Aging Global National State County
  21. 21. Population Aging: A Global Perspective
  22. 22. Within the next 10 years, for the first time in human history….
  23. 23. …the percentage (and number) of persons age 65+ in the world will be greater than those age 5 and younger!
  24. 24. Current Awareness of Global Aging
  25. 25. Median Age in 12 Countries • By the year 2030, the median age of the entire developed world is projected to be 45. • In Japan and much of southern and eastern Europe, it will be over 50.
  26. 26. Population Aging: The United States
  27. 27. From 1900 through 2003, life expectancy at birth increased from 48 to 75 years for men (a gain of 27 years) and from 51 to 80 years for women (a gain of 30 years). Increase in Life Expectancy: 1900-2003
  28. 28. Increase in Number of Americans Age 65+
  29. 29. ? January 2011: Beginning of the “Age Wave”
  30. 30. Percentage of Americans Age 65 and Older: 1900-2050
  31. 31. Aging of the Baby Boomers… • When the baby boomers (aka “aging” boomers) start turning 65 in January 2011, approximately 10,000 people will turn 65 every day— and this trend will continue for 20 years! • By 2030, one out of every five Americans—some 72 million people—will be 65 years or older. • By 2050, the 65+ population is projected to be between 80 and 90 million, with those 85 and older close to 21 million.
  32. 32. Percentage of Americans Age 65 Expected to Survive to Age 90
  33. 33. Growth of U.S. Centenarians 100+!
  34. 34. Projected Percentage Increases in the Number of Persons 65+ by Race: 1995-2050 Source: ““A Portrait of Older Minorities” (AARP, 1993)
  35. 35. Population Aging: Wisconsin
  36. 36. Percent of Population Age 65+ State Rankings (2000 Census) Ranked 1st 17.6% Ranked 20th 13.1%
  37. 37. Wisconsin Projections
  38. 38. Population Pyramids for Wisconsin 1900 and 2035
  39. 39. Population Aging in Wisconsin: A County Perspective • In the 2000 Census, almost 18% of Florida’s population was age 65+. By 2035, which Wisconsin counties will have this same percentage or higher? • In terms of median age, which Wisconsin counties are the oldest?
  40. 40. See Packet Handout: County Population Projections Through 2035
  41. 41. County-Level Data on Population Aging…
  42. 42. UW Extension Applied Population Lab
  43. 43. Population Aging in Wisconsin Percentage of Persons Age 65+ by County: 2010-2035 Wisconsin’s Age Wave See Packet Handout
  44. 44. By the year 2035, will the percent of persons age 65+ in your county be greater than was the case for Florida in the 2000 Census (~18%)? 0% 0% 0%1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  45. 45. Median Age by County (2007) Oldest Counties: Iron County-- 47.6 years Vilas County– 46.9 years Door County– 46.1 years Florence County– 45.7 years Price County– 45.6 years Youngest Counties: Menominee County– 28.0 years Dunn County– 31.9 years Eau Claire County– 33.8 years Pierce County– 34.1 years Portage County– 34.7 years
  46. 46. Fastest Aging Counties: Change in Median Age between 2000- 2007 Price County: 41.7 –> 45.6 Wood County: 38.0 –> 41.9 Florence County: 41.9 –> 45.7 Ozaukee County: 38.9 –> 42.4 Manitowoc County: 38.3 –> 41.6 Current median age in the United States is 36.7
  47. 47. Preparing for the “Age Wave” To ensure that older Americans don’t just add years to their lives, but that quality is added to those years, it will require PLANNING on behalf of individuals, families, and communities. At the national, state, county and community level, an important step in the planning process is to examine the impacts of an aging population.
  48. 48. What Impacts Will Population Aging Have on Wisconsin Communities? Families Housing Transportation Other?
  49. 49. What Impacts Will Population Aging Have on Wisconsin Communities?
  50. 50. See Packet Handout: Small Group Activity – Identifying Impacts
  51. 51. How Will the Aging Population Impact Wisconsin Families?
  52. 52. How Will the Aging Population Impact Housing?
  53. 53. How Will the Aging Population Impact Transportation?
  54. 54. • What are the key attributes or characteristics of aging-friendly communities; that is, when can you tell whether a community offers a supportive environment for persons of all ages, including those who are elderly? • How can a community measure the extent to which it is aging-friendly? Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
  55. 55. See Packet Handout - Small Group Activity: Qualities of Aging-Friendly Communities
  56. 56. Qualities or Attributes of an Aging- Friendly Community • Inclusive • Sustainable • Healthy • Accessible • Interdependent • Engaged Source: Thomas, W. H., & Blanchard, J. M. (2009). Moving beyond Place: Aging in community. Generations, 33(2), 12-17.
  57. 57. State-Level Planning
  58. 58. Examples of Wisconsin Communities and Counties Who Have Started to Plan
  59. 59. See Packet Handout: Resources
  60. 60. UW Extension Blog: http://fyi.uwex.edu/agingfriendlycommunities/ See Packet Handout
  61. 61. ??Questions We All Need to Ask ?? • Is your community a good place to grow up and grow old? • Will your community meet your needs when you are 65, 75, 85, 95…or even 105? • If not, what can you do now to begin to make your community a friendly and supportive environment for persons of all ages?
  62. 62. Are you willing to take the risk?
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