June 14, 2019
The Golden State is about to get a lot older.
By 2030, the 60-and-over population will be 40 percent larger
than it is now, according to the California Department of Aging.
Seniors will be a larger share of the population than kids under
the age of 18 by 2036, the state projects.
The number of Californians 80 and older will grow by about 65
percent, or about 960,000, in the next 10 years, a growth rate
more than 10 times faster than the projected rate for the rest of
the state, according to the Department of Finance. There will be
twice as many Californians 80 and older in 2033 as there are
today and three times as many in 2043, the state projects.
Karen Robison, 81, and Karl Bucholz, 82, moved to Sacramento from
Milwaukee in 2009. Bucholz was a “reluctant recruit.” He wanted
to age in place rather than move into Eskaton
Village Carmichael, the continuing care retirement community
where the couple now live.
“My husband is a very competent guy and really felt he could be
up on an extension ladder cleaning gutters on the second floor,”
Robison said. “I felt that after age 70 men did not belong on
When the couple came to visit the facility, Bucholz found he
liked the fitness programs, transportation services, meals,
different levels of care to meet all needs and maintenance crews
available to take care of issues like changing light