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Demographics of Older Adults - Module 1

The purpose of this module is to highlight the demographic trends of older adults in the United States and in Minnesota including information on recent immigrant and refugee populations.

The content will provide the learner with a framework from which to continue in-depth exploration by completing the remaining modules in this series.

used with permission from the Chinese Senior Citizes Society

Photo used with permission from the Chinese Senior Citizens Society

What demographic shifts have you seen in your work with older adults?
(Video interview with Olufemi Banjoko, M.D.)

Big numbers! Demographics at a Glance

Population of Older Adults in the U.S. 13% are over 65, 87% are under 65

Older Adults in Minnesota

1995

2025

Percentage Increase

African American

5400

31200

478%

Asian American

3700

21100

470%

Native American

2600

8800

338%

Hispanic

3,200

27,800

769%

13% (35 million Americans) are 65 and older. In the next 40 years this population will double.

As the health care system becomes more and more complex, our population becomes older and more diverse.

do you anticipate the health literacy needs of the public and older adults changing in the future?(Video interview with Alisha Ellwood, MA, LMFT)

Learning Objectives

Content

  1. What Do you Know about the Demographic Situation in the U.S. and Minnesota? (Pre-test)
  2. Demographics of Older Adults(PowerPoint presentation with voiceover)
  3. Demographics Reading Guide(PDF)
  4. Resources and Useful Websites(PDF)
  5. Module Evaluation

Assessment and CEU credits

To be eligible for CEU credits, you need to take an online quiz and receive %80 of the grade. You will have 5 minutes and are allowed 3 attempts to complete the quiz. Upon successful completion of the quiz you will be directed to the RegOnline website to pay for your CEU credits and to print out a CEU certificate. 

Demographics of Older Adults Quiz