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What will it mean for us all to grow up, live and age in a society where half the citizens are over the age of 50? Never in human history has this been our reality. And it's not just Americans. Europe, China, Japan - we are an aging globe. It's new and it's not temporary - this is a permanent historic transformation.

In 1900, life expectancy for Americans was 47. Today it's three decades longer.

If you reach the age of 65, you have an 80% chance of living until at least 85.

Cities are considered more age-friendly than suburbs. Yet older suburban households have tripled since 1970.

When does old age begin? 18-29 year-olds say it begins at 60. People 65+ say at 74.

30% of 18-29 year-olds expect to be lonely in old age. Only 17% of older adults report they're lonely.

In 1950, there were 8 working-age people for each person 65+. In 2050, there will be only 3.

75% of older adults (65+) have annual incomes, including Social Security, of less than $34,000.

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