Your senior years can be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling times of your life. As the baby boomer generation gets older, the number of senior citizens in the United States is rapidly increasing, and seniors are finding ways to be more active and involved.
There are more seniors today than ever before. In 1900, 3.1 million Americans were age 65 and older; by 1994, this number had grown to 33.2 million. Researchers estimate that by 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be senior citizens.
So what are some of the key trends in this age group?
- Better economic position. Thanks to improvements in Social Security and Medicare, the number of seniors below the poverty level has dramatically decreased, from 35 percent in the early 1960s to about 10 percent today.
- Higher education. More seniors than ever before have completed high school, and it is becoming increasingly common for seniors citizens to have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
- Lasting marriages. The majority of senior citizens younger than 85 are married. Since women tend to live longer than men, older men are twice as likely to be married as elderly women.
- Longer life expectancy. People are living longer today than in the past, and the number of people who live until age 100 is growing.
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