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What does the term "Graying of America" mean?

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accge | Valedictorian

Posted July 1, 2013 at 6:38 PM via iOS

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What does the term "Graying of America" mean?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 1, 2013 at 6:54 PM (Answer #1)

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The term “graying of America” refers to the fact that the American population is steadily becoming more dominated by older people.  In other words, the median age of Americans is going up.  Therefore, the population of America as a country is getting older.

After World War II, the United States entered a period that is known as the “baby boom.”  During this time, American couples had relatively large numbers of children.  This created a demographic bulge, an age cohort with a large number of members compared to those which had gone before it and which came after it. 

Today, those baby boomers are reaching retirement age.  Because there are more of them than there are of younger generations, America's population is growing older.  This means that the sorts of issues that are important in the United States are changing.  We have to think more about how we will support the growing population of older people.  We have to focus more on medical care for the aged. 

Thus, the “graying of America” is a process in which America’s population is getting older.  This change impacts on our economy, our society, and our politics. 

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