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Adults at age 65 can expect to live only 6.47 additional years in good health, on average.

The number of adults ages 65 and older in the United States continues to grow, driven largely by the Baby Boomer generation. This is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, with aging adults ultimately comprising nearly 25% of the total population.

Not only will there be more older adults, but they are also living longer. With that comes a shift in the traditional stages of life and retirement in the mid-60s no longer a given. Older adults are continuing to work beyond traditional retirement years for several reasons. Some enjoy the purpose and meaning work brings to their lives, while others relish the mental stimulation and the social engagement. For many it may no longer be a choice as a growing number cannot afford to retire.

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