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Indiana Faces Aging Population According To U.S. Census

Grandmother with her grandchild

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As the baby boomer generation ages and parents have less children, the total U.S. and Indiana population grows older.

Indiana’s 65 and older population has remained in line with national averages, according to U.S. Census Data released Wednesday.

Both the U.S. and Indiana’s 65 and older population rose from 12.4 percent in 2000 to 13 percent in 2010. For Indiana, this means there is an 11.7 percent increase in the 65 and older population, but only a 6.6 percent increase for our total population.

IUPUI Division Director for Health Policy and Management Eric Wright says this means the older population is growing faster than the total population. He says the trend should slow down once most of that generation has hit sixty-five.

“Generations after that have not had as many kids and so while we might expect another sort of spike in the aging population after the baby boomer generation passes, I don’t think it’ll be quite as big as we’re seeing right now,” Wright says.

Indiana 65 and older population by county Wright says the aging population will require more primary care providers who have experience with the health issues of older individuals.

“The last few years we’ve seen such an improvement in the overall status in people who are aging, that in fact, people are managing to stay healthier longer, but nevertheless there is going to be an increased demand on health care systems because of the aging population,” he says.

Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion, Monroe and Tippecanoe counties have the smallest portion of people sixty-five and older, with populations of less than 11 percent.

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