The challenges of baby boomers reaching old age, combined with a growing, more diverse population, will drive major changes, challenges and decisions in U.S. families, workplaces and communities.

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As more people reach old age, the structure of our population is changing from a pyramid with a broad base of young people, into a cube with population more evenly distributed across age brackets. The age structure shifts from pyramid to cube as more people reach old age. The population 65+ will double over the next 30 years, from 40 million to 81 million.
Medicare poses a greater financial challenge than Social Security. The risk of dementia increases with age. In 2002, 70% of the estimated 3.8 million Americans with dementia were 80 or older.