Immortality: How do you feel about more old people?

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Immortality
US Census Data 2000 vs 2010 shows America aging. The gray shadow shows age distribution of the U.S. population in 2000. Blue shows the distribution of ages in 2010 as more Americans move into their 60s.

US Census Data 2000 vs 2010 shows America aging. The gray shadow shows the distribution of ages in the U.S. population in 2000. Blue shows the distribution of ages in 2010 as more Americans moved into their 60s.

The American population is getting older. About 41 million are 65 or older, reports the Pew Research Center, and this number will grow in the years ahead.

Do you think that a growing population of old people is a good or a bad thing for society?

Average age in America is going up for a number of reasons. One is declining fertility. That means more and more Americans are having fewer and fewer children. We are now below the replacement rate of two kids per family. But the American population is still growing, due to immigration.

Mainly, the older population is growing due to advances in medicine and public health that will greatly lengthen life spans. More and more people will be living to 120 and beyond.

Is that a good thing?

Only 10% of Americans think that “having more elderly people” in the population is a bad thing for society, Pew reports. About half (47%) says that it doesn’t make much difference. And, 41% think it would be a good thing for American society.

What are the challenges of an aging population?

Do you think that a growing population of old people is a good or bad thing for society?

Why?

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