Scripps in the News
OXFORD, OH (FOX19) – The number of residents age 65 and older in Ohio’s Delaware County has increased by 83% from the year 2000 to 2010, according to information released this week by Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center. This change is part of a broader dramatic aging story taking place across all of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties.
Of the 15 states that use local levies to fund services for seniors, Ohio’s taxpayers give the most.
But that pot of money — $166 million a year in 2009 — is more stretched than ever by a 65-and-older population that just keeps growing.
According to a report being released today by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, many of Ohio’s 88 counties saw double-digit percentage increases in that age group from 2000 to 2010. Central Ohio’s fast-growing Delaware County led the pack, with an increase of 83 percent.
While Ohio’s population growth has been nearly flat, the number of residents 65 and older has increased at a rate of nearly 8 percent, underscoring the growing need for senior services.
A study released Wednesday by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University found that Ohio’s 65-and-older population is 14.3 percent of its 11.4 million people, after growing 7.6 percent in the decade ending 2010.
The Associated Press
CINCINNATI — While Ohio's population growth has been nearly flat, the number of residents 65 and older has increased at a rate of nearly 8 percent, according to a study released Wednesday that underscores the growing need for senior services.
The study by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University found that Ohio's 65-and-older population is 14.3 percent of its 11.4 million people, after growing 7.6 percent in the decade ending 2010. That's up 1 percent from a decade earlier. The state's median age increased from 36 to 38.
The number of Lucas County residents aged 65 and older has declined along with the rest of the county's population, but the proportion of that age group increased to 13.3 percent of the populace overall in 2010, Miami University research shows.
Throughout the rest of northwest Ohio, meanwhile, the number of residents aged 65 and older has jumped. So has the percentage of people aged 65 and older overall, a trend occurring throughout most of Ohio, according to the the university's Scripps Gerontology Center.
The number of people 65 and older in Mahoning County declined 6.6 percent over the past 10 years, but in Trumbull County the number went up 3.3 percent.
The statistics are part of a study released today by Miami of Ohio University’s Scripps Gerontology Center that show a change that is part of a broader dramatic aging story taking place across all Ohio’s 88 counties, according to study researchers.
Greater Cincinnati added about 14,000 people age 65 and older during the last decade, part of a national trend that has costs for health care and other government services exploding.
The Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University says Ohio’s total population age 65 and older increased 7.6 percent from 2000 to 2010. Every month, 12,000 Ohioans turn 65.
Demographic shifts have left Ohio with one of the oldest work forces in the country and too few younger workers to replace aging baby boomers as they retire.
Many analysts predict labor shortages and lost productivity as employers struggle to find people with the knowledge and skills to replace their most experienced workers, especially in skilled trades.
This article includes quotes from Director Suzanne Kunkel about Ohio's shrinking labor force.
That Velez bid farewell to Whetstone Care Center on Thursday after nearly a year and a half in the nursing home felt little short of miraculous to her advocates, friends and, especially, the volunteer guardian who helped make it happen.
This article in the Columbus Dispatch depicts Velez's battle to leave a nursing home and return home after suffering a stroke. The article quotes research done by Scripps Gerontology Center and Robert Applebaum, Director of the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project at Scripps.
Scripps' Robert Applebaum quoted in The Columbus Dispatch. The article discusses the state's plans for sweeping changes to the way it provides long-term care and other health services to 190,000 Ohioans eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.