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Aging Population Will Rock and Roll Into the Next Century

 


WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2, 1998 – With a senior citizen population in the United States projected to be 70 million in the year 2030, today’s middle aged baby boomers will put special pressures on society, said an official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"We’re bringing our rock and roll with us," said Jeanette Takamura, assistant secretary of aging, at a conference on aging at The Catholic University of America. Noting that tomorrow’s seniors will be more "vibrant, active and healthier than before," Takamura said government and society must ensure that programs will be in place to adequately serve this population.

Takamura also noted that less affluent countries are closely watching how the United States prepares for its growing older population.

"In 1999, the International Year of Older Persons, we are taking every opportunity to put into place policies and programs that will guide less affluent countries as they face growing older populations. They can look to programs and policies developed in the United States for guidance in the next century."

Takamura congratulated the university’s National Catholic School of Social Service for taking a leadership role in founding the International Center on Global Aging.

"The center is preparing students and faculty members to help families and individuals meet the principal challenge of the 21st century – a growing population of older people," she said. "We need such a center to ensure that the most vulnerable segments of our population – the elderly and children – can be taken care of in the future."

The National Catholic School of Social Service is at the heart of the university’s mission of service to the Church and nation. The school’s emphasis is on social justice, the poor, disenfranchised, refugees and immigrants. The school is prominent for having trained most of the directors of Catholic Charities and hundreds of social workers who staff Catholic social service agencies.

 

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