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Between 2010 and 2030, the number of adults age 65+ is expected to nearly double, while the number of younger residents will increase only modestly. A desire to maintain good health, social connections, and sufficient financial resources are priorities for many older residents and their families.

What's happening

  • Older residents across Minnesota are largely engaged in their communities, as evidenced by rates of volunteerism that far outpace national rates. Statewide, nearly half (44%) of local residents age 65-74 volunteer, and over a third age 75+ give time to organizations each year.
  • Recognizing levels and types of disability are critical for planning services and understanding the scope of caregiving needs in our region. In Minnesota, among older adults age 65-74, about 22 percent had disabilities; that rises to 38 percent for adults age 75-84.

Making connections

As the baby boomer generation ages, this huge demographic shift will affect our state’s workforce, healthcare, and economy. A look at these key measures by age group helps tell us how older adults compare to other residents.

Proportion of adults working (Workforce)
Individuals living in poverty (Economy)
Proportion of adults who are obese (Health)
Lack of health care coverage (Health)
Cost-burdened households (Housing)

Featured trend

disabilities in older people
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Disability rate for older adults in poverty is up

About 1 in 3 Minnesotan's age 65+ have a disability, but that rate jumps to 1 in 2 for older adults in poverty, and it is getting worse. Since 2008, the disability rate has increased more than 10% for older adults in poverty, while remaining steady for older adults as a whole.

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Craig Helmstetter

Our baby boomer population is like a jet airplane that has just lifted off. Compass Project Manager Craig Helmstetter highlights 5 implications for Minnesota.

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