ABSTRACT

Introduction Though the U.S. older adult population remains one of the youngest among developed countries, the U.S. has the largest older adult population in the developed world, with 43.1 million adults over the age of 65 in 2012. It is projected that in 2050 there will be 83.7 million adults over the age of 65 in the U.S. (Ortman, Velkoff, and Hogan 2014). Individuals in the U.S. are also living longer, and the Baby Boomer generation has begun to turn 65. As the older adult population in the U.S. continues to grow for the foreseeable future, ensuring that older adults can maintain their physical health, well-being, and quality of life is vital.