The older population of northern Virginia, those age 65 or more, is more economically stable, better educated and more diverse than the older population in the united states and virginia. Currently the region's population is also younger and healthier, skewed toward the younger end -- those 65 to 74 years of age. but in northern Virginia, as in the rest of the nation, a significant population shift is occurring. The portion of the population 65 years of age and older will increase steadily over the next two decades. This change, coupled with increased longevity will result in significant growth in older populations nationally, statewide and locally.
The research for this report was commissioned by the Community Foundation and performed by Dean Montgomery of the Health Systems Agency of northern Virginia. it examines the implications of population aging in northern virginia. it focuses on recent and projected growth of the region's older population, those who are 65 years of age and older. demographic, economic, social and health data and indices are examined to develop a profile of the region's elderly and to identify the circumstances and conditions that affect their well-being.