USA Today: 5 must-do’s as age wave bears down on the USA

Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY6:27 p.m. EDT July 30, 2013

USA TODAY looks at critical areas in which America needs to do better, based on findings of a new exclusive survey on aging.



AUSTIN — As a city that prides itself on being young and hip, Austin didn’t seem to notice that its residents were aging.

That is, until a report by the Brookings Institution pointed out that this city’s metro area has the nation’s fastest-growing percentage of “pre-seniors,” ages 55 to 64, with a 110% increase from 2000 to 2010. Among those 65-plus, Austin is the second-fastest growing, after Raleigh-Cary, N.C.

“Being a creative community, we’re going to work to find creative solutions,” says Bobbie Barker, 61, co-chair of a task force charged with getting the city up to speed.

This demographic tidal wave that has awakened city planners here is washing across the USA, raising concerns about health challenges, adequate housing, mobility for seniors and simply ensuring that this swelling population can live fulfilling lives. The number of Americans 65 and older is likely to more than double in the next 50 years, and experts say that in some ways, we need to begin remaking America to meet the challenges of future generations.


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