The 65-and-above age group will account for nearly all of Maineâ€™s population growth in the next ten years.February 6, 2013
According to Chartbook: Older Adults and Adults with Physical Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine 2012 Edition, Maineâ€™s older population, persons age 65-and-above, is close to one-fifth (17%) of Maineâ€™s total population and will account for nearly 99% of Maineâ€™s population growth in the next ten years.
While the under-65 age group is projected to grow by only 1,565 people between now and 2022, Maineâ€™s public and private long term care systems will need to prepare for the varied needs of almost 105,000 additional persons age 65-or-older.
In 2010, Maine had 382 working age adults for each 100 persons age 65-or-above. All but two states had a higher ratio of working age to older adults. That means Maine had fewer working age adults to support or provide care for each older person.
Maineâ€™s population across all age groups had New Englandâ€™s second-highest poverty rate in 2010 (12.9%) and the highest poverty rate among persons age 65-and-above (9.5%).
In 2010, only Florida (17.3%) and West Virginia (16.0%) ranked higher than Maine in the percent of population age 65-or-above. As a percent of total population, Maineâ€™s 65-and-above age group continues to grow at a faster rate than New Englandâ€™s or the rest of the nation.
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