Missouri's senior population, defined as those age 65 and older, has been steadily increasing over the last decade. The first Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) reached 65 years old in 2011. Since then, there’s been a rapid increase 65-and-older population across the U.S., which grew by over a third since 2010 according to the Census Bureau. No other age group saw such a fast increase. The number of seniors in Missouri will continue to increase dramatically over the next several years, reaching over 20% by 2030. This means that approximately one in five neighbors, friends, family members will be senior citizens.
Due to changing demographics in all age groups, those turning 65 now are concerned about quality of life, continuing or encore careers, and physical activity. The concerns of the oldest seniors' often relate to healthcare, social isolation, and assistance with daily living tasks. Everyone shares a concern about economic stability.
The Missouri Senior Report is a critical, reliable, data-driven resource on issues concerning the senior population. The indicators, gathered in partnership with over a dozen state agencies and organizations, provide essential context for senior advocates, policy makers, grant writers, researchers, caregivers, businesses, seniors, emerging seniors, and family members to understand and act on the issues.
To address the concerns outlined above, the Missouri Senior Report application allows one to easily call forth data, produce tailored maps, and make comparisons by issues or years by using the links at the top of this page.
We would like to thank members of our advisory board, who have been instrumental in shaping this project since its inception and contributing to its production.
Read the letter announcing the 2020 Missouri Senior Report from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Division of Senior and Disability Services Director Jessica Bax.