The population of Americans older than age 65 is expected to reach 98.2 billion by 2060, about double the U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2015. Aging services organizations (ASOs) have plenty of catching up to do in the meantime as such organizations currently lag in both number and resources.
The authors of Giving and the Golden Years, a special report by Giving USA, show that ASOs — nonprofits providing services for aging populations such as food programs, adult day care, in-home service and nursing — make up just six percent of nonprofits. This compares to 24.5 percent, the number of American households currently headed by someone age 65 or older. The location of such services is also of potential issue. “Retirement states” such as Florida, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina all rank in the bottom quarter of states in terms of ASOs per capita. Great Plains states such as Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota rank near the top.