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for North Carolina Insight Vol. 23 Issue 2-3, Mar 2010
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At the close of the 20th-century, the state's population had increasingly grown older with only 3.5 percent of citizens over 65 in 1900 to 12 percent in 2000. These numbers are expected to increase further, the percentage projected to double by 2030. An aging population requires state leaders to consider how older populations can contribute to society and what services this group will need. The article presents a statistical breakdown of the 65 plus age demographic and compares state information with national data.
Elder fraud is the financial exploitation of the state's older population. National statistics indicate older generations lose $40 billion per year to fraudulent electronic scams. The state's fifty and older population accounts for more than 25 percent of fraud complaints and identity thefts reportedly annually. The article reports not only on the schemes but who perpetrates these crimes.
Medicaid is the state sponsored health program to cover low-income families but rising health care costs deplete funds available to those in need. To supplement the Medicaid program Community Care Program and PACE now contribute to the healthcare of the state's older population. The Community Care of North Carolina deals with management of health issues across the state. The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly assists those too frail to live alone without assistance.
The 65 and older population of the state in general demonstrate a sense of civic duty, typically voting more, involved in public service, and are generally contribute more to their communities. Statistical evidence supporting this claim is presented showing disparities between generations in voter turnout and participation numbers in religious and non-secular community activities.