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Older Adults

Demographic trends show that Erie County will become a significantly older community in the next few decades. The United States Census Bureau predicts that older adults will outnumber children by 2035. Erie County has a greater percentage of older adults than the national average. There are currently 155,817 adults 65 years or older in Erie County, one-third of whom have a disability and 8.8 percent of our seniors live in poverty. Older adults are vulnerable to social isolation due to the death friends and family, mobility challenges, and physical disadvantages. Erie County can become accessible to people of all ages.