The sharp rise in the percentage of adults 65 and over living in the U.S. may be a testimony to the wonders of modern medicine and improved standards of living. But it is also a warning of the need for governments and the private sector to move swiftly to address the immense housing and help needs this cohort faces as it ages.

The nation’s senior population “is increasing at historic rates, up 34% from 43 million in 2012 to 58 million in 2022,” according to a new study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University on housing America’s older adults. “This growth is widespread, with urban, suburban, and rural communities across the country reporting increases in older residents.”

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