Missouri's senior population, defined as those age 65 and older, is expected to increase dramatically over the next several years, from less than 15% of the state population in 2000 to over 20% by 2030. This means that approximately one in five neighbors, friends, family members will be senior citizens.
The needs of seniors vary greatly. The youngest of the baby boomers, just turning 65, are concerned about quality of life, encore careers, physical activity. The oldest of seniors' concerns are often related to healthcare, social isolation, assistance with daily living tasks. Everyone shares a concern about economic stability.
The Missouri Senior Report is a critical, reliable, data-driven, singular resource on issues concerning the senior population. These data are essential for senior advocates, policy makers, grant writers, researchers, caregivers, businesses, seniors, emerging seniors and family members.
The current version of the report is reflective of today's technology-driven times. The Missouri Senior Report application allows one to easily call forth data, produce tailored maps, and make comparisons at the touch of a finger.
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 2013 Missouri Senior Report from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Acting Director Gail Vasterling.