Elderly in U.S. Are Projected to Outnumber Children for First Time

Census Bureau predicts milestone will be hit within 17 years

By Paul Overberg and Janet Adamy | Updated March 13, 2018 9:13 pm ET

People over 65 years old would outnumber children by 2035, a first in U.S. history, according to updated projections released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday.

The milestone would be the latest marker of the nation’s aging, which has accelerated with baby boomers’ move into their senior years and recessionary effects on births and immigration over the past decade.

The shift deepens challenges for fiscal policy and economic growth.

Due to the Wall Street Journal “paywall,” you may not be able to read the complete article, but the point is that the Save Our Seniors Network fight to defend bilingual and bi-cultural care for Japanese American and Japanese seniors is part of a larger struggle to win necessary healthcare services for an rapidly growing and aging population. We must enact proper reforms now to protect the senior population or problems that exist now will only be exacerbated in the future.

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