Seniors in Missouri…The Aging Evolution

Seniors in Missouri have increased more consistently and proportionately than any age group. Persons age 65 and over represented 10% of the population in 1950.

By 2000, their ranks had risen to 13% of the total population and it is estimated that by 2030 this group will represent more than one-fifth of Missourians (21%). *

Between 1950 and 2000, the 65-and-over population grew by 85% to 755,000. This group is projected to grow by an additional 87% between 2000 and 2030 when their numbers are projected to swell to 1.4 million as the baby-boom generation progresses into this age category.*

In Missouri, the 85-and-over age group has grown, and will continue to grow, even more rapidly. In 1950, this group represented roughly one-half of one percent of the total population and measured 21,000. By 2000, the group had increased to 99,000 an increase of 78,000 persons. The group is expected to increase by another 78,000 by 2030 when they will number 176,000.*

The increases in Missouri’s elderly population, caused by increased longevity of the elderly and the baby-boom generation progressing into this age classification, likely will have the greatest impact on Missouri of any changes seen among the various age groupings. *

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Due to changing demographics in all age groups, those turning 65 now are concerned about quality of life, continuing or encore careers, and physical activity. The concerns of the oldest seniors’ often relate to healthcare, social isolation, and assistance with daily living tasks. Everyone shares a concern about economic stability.**

Missouri’s senior population, defined as those age 65 and older, has been steadily increasing over the last decade. The first Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) reached 65 years old in 2011. Since then, there’s been a rapid increase 65-and-older population across the U.S., which grew by over a third since 2010 according to the Census Bureau. No other age group saw such a fast increase. The number of seniors in Missouri will continue to increase dramatically over the next several years, reaching over 20% by 2030. **

This means that by 2030, approximately one in five neighbors, friends, family members will be senior citizens.**

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Our rapidly growing population of aging Missourians presents both challenges and opportunities for state and local government. Many of the issues facing state legislators will have an impact on — or be impacted by — the demographic shifts that all of our communities are experiencing. 

What will this demographic shift mean for the state of Missouri? What can local, state, and federal legislatures do to prepare for growing numbers of older adults and unprecedented longevity? At ma4 and the ten AAA’s around the state, we focus on local, state, and federal issues that will impact aging Missourians. Stay tuned…more to come!

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