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Harvard report: U.S. woefully unprepared for housing future senior citizens

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From the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies:

“Washington, D.C. & Cambridge, MA – America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report being released at an event in Washington, DC today by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation. According to Housing America’s Older Adults—Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population, the number of adults in the U.S. aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 132 million by 2030, an increase of more than 70 percent since 2000 (see interactive map). But housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located, and coordinated with supports and services is in too short supply.”

Here’s an interactive map to check out the aging population throughout the country. The map above, via Harvard, shows county-by-county aging data for 2010 in New England. Basically, the darker the shade, the older the population. Indeed, the entire Northeast has a more dense population of elderly people than other parts of the country.