Trends according to the US census:
In 1970 – 9.8% of the population was over the age of 65. In 2010– 13% of the population was over the age of 65. By 2030 – 20% of the US population will be 65 or older.
This is an unprecedented situation in the United States. 10,000 people in the United States are turning 65 every day and this will go on till 2030. The reason for this is that 76 million babies were born between 1946 and 1964.
Population Trends in Florida according to the Florida Legislature Office of Economic & Demographic Research( 3/17/14)
Between 2010 and 2030 Florida’s population is forecast to grow by almost 4.8 million people. Florida’s oldest population (60+) will account for most of Florida’s population growth, 56.9%.
Compared to the US population of 20% of citizens older than 65, Florida’s forecast is 24.1 % of the total population by 2030.
Between 2010 and 2040, Florida’s elder population is forecast to double. This represents a greater need for seniors. While ¼ of todays seniors live alone, they prefer face to face interaction.
At this very same time, changes in Western Culture have led to an increased generational disconnect. Children spend a great deal of their time in the care of centers and schools where they are cared for. Changes in family structure, budget restraints at the school level and increased work hours by the parents or grandparents have contributed to a higher demand for child care services. Quality care has become a national concern for both children and seniors.