As America Ages

America’s aging demographic has a growing impact on public entitlement programs and the private business sector, significantly affecting our nation’s finances, including the national debt. By mid-century, the number of Americans aged 65 or older will grow by more than 200% – from roughly 40 million today to 86.7 million by 2050 – as a result of increased life expectancy coupled with an aging Baby Boom generation. The economic, social and medical repercussions of this demographic shift on all Americans’ lives will be tremendous. Implications for entitlements, health care policy, and the national debt must be part of the dialogue at higher education institutions across the nation. The mission of the As America Ages (AAA) initiative is to harness insights from public policy, economics, public health, political science, entrepreneurship and other disciplines at Brown University, as well as external experts, to respond to the challenges and opportunities created by an aging society. This initiative will produce action informed by research, pragmatic entitlement reform policy, and a more informed and empowered citizenry.

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