Reports: Economy and workforce

Older Workers: A Key to Bridging the Workforce Gap
Minnesota Board on Aging, February 2018, 60 pp.
This report presents the case that employers should recognize retirees and older workers as a talent resource. It provides specific recommendations to the Minnesota Board on Aging and Hennepin County.   more info >

An Aging World: 2015
U.S. Census Bureau, March 2016, 175 pp.
Examines the challenges and global implications presented by the world's population aging at an unprecedented rate. This report looks at past, current, and projected numbers, proportions, and growth rates of older populations and summarizes socioeconomic statistics for both developed and developing nations.   more info >

Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, January 2016, 18 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually.   more info >

Survey of Older Minnesotans
Minnesota Board on Aging, December 2015, 95 pp.
This is an ongoing survey given to monitor the changing needs, assets and expectations of older persons in the state. The information can be used to improve the design and targeting of public programs, and to help researchers and policy makers better understand Minnesota's older population.   more info >

Effects of the Great Recession on Older Americans' Health and Well-Being
Population Referene Bureau, November 2015, 7 pp.
This report summarizes research on the effects of the recession on the health and well-being of older Americans and the potential implications for health care systems, retirement decisions, and future Social Security payments.   more info >

Later Retirement, Inequality in Old Age, and the Growing Gap in Longevity Between Rich and Poor
Brookings Institute, October 2015, 174 pp.
Explores the gap between lifetime Social Security benefits received by poor and less educated workers and the benefits received by high-income and well educated workers, which is widening in favor of higher income workers.   more info >

Steady Growth and Big Changes Ahead: The Regional Forecast to 2040
Metropolitan Council, April 2015, 6 pp.
This brief highlights the economic and demographic forecast for the Twin Cities region, noting that by 2040, the region will experience more racially and ethnically diverse population growth, changing housing needs and preferences of older adults, and an increase in economic activity.   more info >

Aging in the United States
Population Reference Bureau, December 2014, 23 pp.
This report examines recent trends and disparities among adults ages 65 and older, and how baby boomers will reshape America’s older population.   more info >

Social Security Quick Fact Sheets
AARP, February 2014, 2 pp.
National and individual state data on the number of residents receiving Social Security and its impacts on individuals and the economy.   more info >

In the Shadow of the Boomers: Minnesota's Labor Force Outlook
Minnesota State Demographic Center, December 2013, 27 pp.
As the Baby Boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) continues to transition out of the workforce, a new labor force landscape is emerging across the United States and in Minnesota. The labor force growth rate, once a once a guaranteed phenomenon for generating more workers to fuel economic growth, will slow down considerably. This report discusses the implications of slowing labor force growth, as well as the role of domestic and international migration to secure Minnesota's labor needs in the future.   more info >

Elderly Immigrants in the United States
Population Reference Bureau, October 2013, 9 pp.
Profile of immigrants who are older adults: demographic trends, economic circumstances, living arrangements, and health.   more info >

Income and Poverty of Older Americans, 2011
AARP Public Policy Institute, September 2013, 8 pp.
This fact sheet shows that Social Security helps to shield individuals 65 and older from increases in poverty and drops in median income experienced by other age groups since 2007. Even so, in 2011, the official poverty rate was 8.7 percent for people aged 65 and olde., while a measure of poverty produced by the Census Bureau shows 15.1 percent of older Americans in poverty.   more info >

North Dakota's Aging Population
North Dakota State University, June 2013, 4 pp.
This brief presents a picture of the health, finances and well-being of adults ages 65 and older in North Dakota. The brief focuses on well-being indicators including population, health care, economics, health risks, and behaviors and health status as well as cognitive impairment and caregiving.   more info >

Rural Minnesota Journal: Who lives in rural Minnesota, A region in transition
Center For Rural Policy and Development, December 2012
Journal that focuses on rural Minnesota. Includes articles that look at the demographic profile of rural Minnesota, rural volunteers, aging Baby Boomers, community leadership, philanthropy, and skills shortages and regional economies.   more info >

2012 Twin Cities LGBT aging needs assessment survey report
PFund Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way, October 2012, 23 pp.
Results of a needs assessment of the health, well-being, and service needs among aging LGBT community members.   more info >

Hennepin County Aging Initiative, Community Focus Group Project: What are Older Adults Thinking About the Next 15 Years?
Hennepin County, May 2012, 90 pp.
Focus groups were held with Hennepin County residents age 55-65 to gather information about how they see their lives and their expectations for health care, housing, transportation and other services in the next fifteen years.   more info >

Research Highlights: Aging and the Workforce
Hennepin County, April 2012, 13 pp.
A synopsis of published research about aging and the workforce, focusing on Hennepin County.   more info >

The long run has become the short run: Budget implications of demographic change
Minnesota State Demographic Center, February 2011, 26 pp.
Examines the effect of an aging population on the state budget between 2011 and 2020.   more info >

Transform 2010: Data report - baby boomer survey
Minnesota Department of Human Services, November 2010, 24 pp.
Results of a survey of Minnesota baby boomers that asked for their thoughts about work and housing and how they expect to approach these issues in the next 10 years.   more info >

New realities of an older America: Challenges, changes and questions
Stanford Center on Longevity, August 2010, 84 pp.
More and more Americans are reaching old age, and older Americans make up an increasingly large share of the population. This report aims to increase awareness of this major demographic change and resulting challenges, and also to stimulate discussion about best practices and policies that suit this new reality.   more info >

Work and Retirement Patterns for the G.I. Generation, Silent Generation, and Early Boomers: Thirty Years of Change
Urban Institute, July 2010, 70 pp.
Looks at retirement patterns over the past 30 years.   more info >

Building Communities for a Lifetime in Minnesota: A Report to the 2010 Minnesota Legislature
Minnesota Board on Aging, February 2010, 43 pp.
The Minnesota Board on Aging explored designating Minnesota "Communities for a Lifetime," or community settings that foster healthy and successful aging. They looked at national and local models, sought stakeholder input, looked at requirements for administering such a program, and made recommendations based on the results.   more info >

Living Longer on Less: The New Economic (in)Security of Seniors
The Institute on Assets and Social Policy; Demos, December 2009, 28 pp.
This report examines the long-term economic security of seniors, depicts current trends and suggests policies promoting the enduring well-being of seniors. It uses the Senior Financial Stability Index (SFSI) to measure the long-term economic security of senior households throughout their retirement years.   more info >

Elders Living on the Edge: When Meeting Basic Needs Exceeds Available Income in Minnesota
Wider Opportunities for Women, January 2009, 24 pp.
Examines what it costs for older adults in Minnesota to meet the costs of living. This brief explores the degree to which income supports ensure economic security and makes recommendations for policy changes to ensure that every Minnesota elder has adequate food, shelter, health care, transportation, and income to cover basic needs.   more info >

Elder Economic Security Initiative Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard Index for Minnesota
Wider Opportunities for Women, January 2009, 132 pp.
Addresses income adequacy for Minnesota’s older adults using the National Elder Economic Security Standard Index methodology. The Elder Index benchmarks basic costs of living for elder households and illustrates how costs of living vary geographically and are based on the characteristics of elder households, including household size, home ownership or renter status, and health status.   more info >

Boomers are ready for nonprofits: But are nonprofits ready for them?
The Conference Board, June 2007, 47 pp.
Discusses the impact of the aging workforce on nonprofit talent and skill needs, the challenges and opportunities involved in retaining and recruiting mature workes, and recommended actions and best practices underway in the nonprofit sector.   more info >

A blueprint for 2010: Preparing Minnesota for the age wave
Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Board on Aging, June 2007, 67 pp.
Identifies the impacts of the aging of Minnesota's population and to transform our policies, infrastructures and services so that Minnesota can thrive as this demographic shift occurs.   more info >

Growing older in America: The Health & Retirement Study
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2007, 108 pp.
A national sample of adults over 50 were interviewed to gather information about their physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial situations, family support systems, work status, and retirement planning.   more info >

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