Americans are living longer, but how will that extended lifespan affect your clients’ plans for retirement? By 2050, about 20 percent of Americans will be 65 or older, U.S. News and World Report writes – that’s about 90 million people. Of those, 11 percent will be 75 or older, and 9 percent will be between 65 and 74. The magazine highlights some trends that will shape seniors retirements.
1. Financial protection (or the lack thereof). The poverty rate among seniors is about 10 percent – not bad compared to the national poverty rate of 13.2 percent – but an additional one-quarter of seniors are near the poverty line, according to U.S. News.
“When the recession’s financial impact is clearer in a year or two, the picture may get worse, because of rising healthcare costs and the absence of cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) in Social Security benefits,” the magazine writes.
2. A decrease in depression. Seniors are less likely to be depressed but the 40-59-year-old group is especially at risk. Over 7 percent of people in this age group report being depressed.