The baby boomers, the largest generation in American history, total 83 million and represent about one-quarter of the U.S. population.Sometimes referred to as a ‘senior tsunami,’ the number of Americans 65 and older, is expected to more than double from 40 million today to 88.5 million by 2050.

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In about 15 years, all of the baby boomers will have moved into the ranks of the older population. In just 20 years all baby boomers will be over 70 years of age.

 

For more on the aging of America, see the U.S. Census Bureau Fact Sheet:

THE NEXT FOUR DECADES, The Older Population in the United States: 2010 to 2050, Population Estimates and Projections