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The Silver Tsunami

Virtually everyone has heard of the silver tsunami in America, the notion that America’s population of senior citizens is surging.  There are many implications associated with a rapidly growing older population, including for healthcare, government finances, and housing.  According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the number of households with people age 80 or over jumped 71 percent from 4.4 million in 1990 to 7.5 million in 2016.