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Minnesota Index: Aging in Minnesota

By Tory Cooney

Number of Minnesotans in the 2010 census who were at least 65 years old          683,000

                Projected number in 2020            965,000

                Projected number in 2030, in millions     1.26

Percent of the projected state population in 2030 that will be at least age 65       20

Year the oldest Baby Boomers turned 65              2011

                Year the youngest Baby Boomers will     2030

Approximate number of Minnesotans turning 65 in this decade 285,000

When Minnesota’s 65+ population is expected to eclipse the number 5-17 year olds       2020

                Times before that has happened              0

Year the 65+ population is expected to match the entire population of children under age 18      2035

The child population was how many times larger than the 65+ population in 1970              3.4

Medical Assistance enrollees receiving long-term care services in January 2015  38,500

                Estimated MA long-term care enrollment in 2030              59,300

                Estimated MA long-term care enrollment in 2040              71,500

Percentage of people at least age 65 who reported in 2015 that they have someone to take care of them if sick or disabled               89.4

                Who take prescription medication daily 85.2

                Who don’t have enough money to buy food at times     6.5

                Who have difficulty getting out of bed or a chair                16.4

                Who used public transportation                16.2

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