The Aging of
and the Need for Long Term Care
Growth of the elderly population1
- In 1980 there were about one half a million people in Wisconsin over the age of 65, by
the year 2020 there will be nearly 1 million.
- The elderly population grew by 22% over the past 20 years. It will grow by another 43%
over the next 20.
- In 2020 1 in 6 people will be age 65 or older.
The group 85 plus, who are most likely to need services, is growing most rapidly
- The 1960 U.S. Census counted 22,656 Wisconsinites aged 85 and older. In 1990 the number
had grown over 200% to 73,487. In 2000 projections indicate an additional 24,000 Wisconsin
residents age 85 and older.
- Between 2000 and 2010 the population age 85 and older is projected to increase an
The needs of older people for long term support2
11"Wisconsin's Aging Population
Approaching the 21st Century: a demographic overview". Profile #4, August
1993, WI Dept. of Health & Social Services, Division of Community Services, Bureau on
- Eighty percent of the adult long term care population are over 65 years of age.
- Currently it is estimated that 11% of Wisconsinites 65 and older have long term support
needs which would allow them to receive care in a nursing home.
- The likelihood of a need for long term care increases with age.
- 3% of those 65 to 74 years old need comprehensive long term care
- 11% of those 75 to 84 years old do so; and
- 39% of those 85 and older are estimated to be at a nursing home level of care.
2WI Dept. of Health and Family Services Family Care Cost Model 1/99.
Last Revised: June 20, 2000