Aging Issues: Related GAO Reports and Activities in Calendar Years 1995 and 1996
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC
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The elderly represent one of the fastest growing segments of the countrys population, and the Congress faces many complex issues as a result of this growth. In the United States, the number of people aged 65 and older has grown from about 9 million in 1940 to about 34 million in 1995. Moreover, the number is expected to reach 80 million by 2050, according to Bureau of the Census projections. In 1940, people aged 65 and older made up 7 percent of the total population, and this proportion is expected to grow to 20 percent by as early as 2030. Although the aging of the baby-boom generation will contribute greatly to these trends, increased life expectancies and falling fertility rates are also important factors. Together, these demographic changes pose serious challenges for our Social Security system, Medicare, Medicaid, the federal budget, and our economy as a whole. This report responds to your request for a compilation of our products from calendar years 1995 and 1996 that pertain to programs and issues affecting older Americans and their families.
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