Dementia Trends: Implications for an Aging America
This Today's Research on Aging (Issue 36) explores the evidence of a decline in dementia and the trends that may shape the future prevalence of this debilitating condition—focusing on recent work by researchers supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
Aging Baby Boomers to Face Caregiving, Obesity, Inequality Challenges
The aging of the baby boom generation could fuel a 75 percent increase in the number of Americans ages 65 and older requiring nursing home care, to about 2.3 million in 2030 from 1.3 million in 2010, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) projects in this Population Bulletin.
2018 World Population Data Sheet With Focus on Changing Age Structures
PRB estimates the 2018 worldwide total fertility rate (TFR, or average births per woman over their lifetime) at 2.4; the global TFR has been declining for the past few decades but remains high enough to generate continued population growth.
Infographic: U.S. Aging and Dementia Trends
The share of older Americans with dementia is decreasing, but the total number will rise as the large baby boomer population ages and more people live longer. While education gives older adults an edge, reducing their dementia risk, racial and socioeconomic disparities in dementia are large and p…
Is Working Longer Good for Older Americans’ Health?
Part Two of Three excerpted from Today’s Research on Aging No. 37: Health and Working Past Traditional Retirement Ages Working at older ages appears to keep people mentally sharp, physically active, and socially connected, according to some research. But other studies suggest that retirement may red…
Will More Baby Boomers Delay Retirement?
Part Three of Three excerpted from Today’s Research on Aging No. 37: Health and Working Past Traditional Retirement Ages A growing share of Americans are working beyond their 65th birthday, a reversal that began in the mid-1980s (see figure). Labor force participation rates for men ages 65 to 69 beg…
Infographic: Healthy Aging in Place
Research finds that a neighborhood’s physical features may be related to older residents’ health and ability to age in place. The infographic (based on Today's Research on Aging Issue 35) provides an overview of recent research on links between the physical environment and age-related disease.</p…
Healthy Aging and Longer Life Spans
Today's Research on Aging (Issue 34) Most people know about the importance of eating a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking to prevent disease and increase longevity. But researchers have identified many other factors that may affect life expectancy.