Baby boomers turning 65 – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. The shape of the U.S. population is changing from a pyramid with older people at the top and younger generations at the bottom, to a rectangle. Dr. Marie Bernard, a deputy director at NIH explains this is in part because of the baby boom generation starting to turn 65.
Bernard: With the aging of the population and the rectangularization of the population pyramid, we can anticipate that there will be many more individuals who have chronic illness.
Narrator: She adds there’s a need not only for a healthcare system but a social system to be able to support those individuals. For more information on aging, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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