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Challenges and Perks of an Aging Population

The nice thing about growing older with such a large generation is there’s plenty of company. Whether in supermarkets, restaurants, fitness centers or recreation venues, it usually isn’t hard to find others nearby in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.

In fact, there are now more people over age 60 than under age 15. So, you could say youth no longer rules.

However, this aging shift has yet to really transform the way we live. It needs to, and it will eventually, but for now, there are some growing pains. Traditions from the past, such as retiring in the early 60s, just may not make sense for the masses anymore. For one thing, we’re living longer. That means we either need to save more throughout our career to provide for a longer retirement, or we need to work longer so retirement isn’t so long.

Regular reassessments of health and long-term medical needs is also a must. Health care expenses and the number of aging Americans are increasing at the same time, which creates a need to deliver more care, to more people, and make treatment sustainably affordable.

Some may also need to re-evaluate where they live. In the mid-20th century, the suburbs grew to accommodate the rising number of young families. But suburbs rely on cars, and at a certain point, the older population will need more transportation options. We may need to create more urban spaces for mass housing that can accommodate elder needs, family compounds to house extended family members, or small, walkable villages devoted to elderly living.

We have a lot of needs that will require a shift in thinking that affects every aspect of society, including our institutions, economy, legislative policies, Social Security, Medicare and communities — which were all designed for an aging paradigm that no longer exists.

The American population has grown older — and will continue still. When you consider some of the possible changes that will bring about, it’s an exciting time to be alive.

Ryan Keapproth

Ryan Keapproth

Retirement Planner

Ryan is dedicated to serving clients to achieve their retirement goals. Ryan’s holistic approach centers on wealth management strategies with a focus on income planning throughout retirement. As a Financial Advisor, Ryan is an Investment Adviser Representative (IAR), life and health insurance licensed and a Certified Tax Preparer. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with an Accounting and Finance major.

Ryan is a lifelong Minnesotan originally from Woodbury and currently residing in Bloomington with his wife, Riamae, and their rescue Terrier Beagle mix, Douglas. He and his family are avid travelers in their free time. Ryan enjoys playing golf and poker, and describes himself as a major foodie enjoying new restaurants around the cities whenever possible. He is a sports fan especially when the Vikings and Timberwolves are playing.