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Ohio aging rapidly: New website to help state meet aging challenges

06/25/2012

A new website, www.Ohio-Population.org, is being launched this week by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in light of new projections being released about Ohio's growing older population.

Ohio-Population.org is meant to inform planning, policy, and economic development as the state’s older population continues to grow,” said Suzanne Kunkel, director of Scripps Gerontology Center. “We hope it helps Ohio meet the unique opportunities and challenges associated with a growing older population.”

The website offers an array of visualizations based on census data and projections for Ohio’s 60 and older population. Included in these features are maps that project Ohio’s population to year 2050 and show the dramatic aging of Ohio’s 88 counties. Noble County is projected to have the largest proportion over the age of 60 by the year 2050 with half of its population projected to be 60 or older. Among the counties projected to have the smallest proportion of older adults are Franklin and Hardin counties with 21 percent of the population predicted to be over the age of 60 by 2050.

In addition to these maps, users of www.Ohio-Population.org will find:
• Detailed county population reports
• Population pyramids that visualize changes in the entire population from 2010 to 2050
• A bubble chart that animates Ohio’s aging population from 2010 to 2050 and more

Future features will be released allowing users to access information about all age groups in Ohio including demographic county comparisons, migration patterns, and disability prevalence and projections.

Researchers on this project include: Shahla Mehdizadeh, director of research for the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project (OLTCRP); Taka Yamashita, Scripps post-doctoral research fellow; P. Neal Ritchey, associate professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati; Suzanne Kunkel, director of the Scripps Center; and Karl Chow, Scripps research associate.

The project is supported by a grant from the Ohio Board of Regents through the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project at Scripps Gerontology Center.

The primary goal of the project is to provide the information needed for effective planning, program development and policy-making.


written by Matt Cable, Scripps Gerontology Center

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