The Art of Aging: Our Elders Our State

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Volume 23, No. 2

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This issue of Insight takes a look at significant policy issues affecting the aging population in North Carolina, including medicaid, demographics, and fraud committed against the elderly.

  • A new study by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research finds that North Carolina’s older population is expected to double by 2030, rising from 1.1 million to 2.2 million. By 2030, one of every five Americans will be 65 or older.

  • Fraud committed against the elderly is on the rise, and North Carolina needs to do more to protect its seniors.

  • As North Carolina’s older population doubles by 2030, the Medicaid program will consume an ever-greater portion of the state budget. Medicaid provides health care for individuals with low incomes, long term care for the elderly, and services for people with disabilities.

  • Call it what you want—the Greatest Generation, the G.I. Generation, the Long Civic Generation, the World War II Generation—most people agree that the generation that lived through the Depression and World War II was some­thing special.