The fastest growing segment of the U.S. population are not baby boomers or seniors. It is the senior, senior -- or the so called "old, old" -- people 85 years and older. In 2005 they topped 5 million people, and by the year 2050 it is expected to be 20 million!
Compared to all of the other states, Hawaii saw the largest spurt of the 85+ seniors; from 1990 to 2005 their population grew 1.23 percent to nearly 28,000 people.
Information from National Geographic Magazine June 2007 issue.
This really amazes me because I know some of these ancient people, and they eat as much junk food as teenagers -- however they also take handfuls of medication.
Do you know anyone 85 years or older? What are they like?
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