Friday, November 18, 2011
Over 90 population is skyrocketing in US
USA Today, in a story Nov. 18 p 3A, reports on recently published Census data showing that the over-90 population has tripled in the last three decades.
The definition of “oldest old” moves up from 85 to 90. Most people in their 90s had at least one disability. 37% lived with others, 37% alone, 23% in what Census calls group quarters. A majority of the very old are female.
The public perception of the moral responsibility to learn to take care of others will change with increased lifespans. No longer will it be just a matter of deciding to have children or not. This social value system is more common in non-western cultures.
The link for the story is here