Census Confirms Trend Toward Male Caregivers
Most figures from the 2010 census were no surprise to anyone in the elder care industry. According to the data released last week, the population aged 45 to 64 (also referred as baby boomers) grew more than 30 percent, up to 81.5 million people. This generation now makes up more than 26 percent of the total U.S. population. The numbers proved what many in our industry already suspected: that our nation is rapidly growing older.
More interesting data came from the census report Age and Sex Composition: 2010. Thanks to advances in healthcare and medicine, the male population grew faster than the female population, particularly in the 60-plus age group: the number of men increased by 35.2 percent as opposed to just 29.2 percent for women in the same age group. This narrowed the male-female ratio among mature adults.