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Aging in America
Resources for Retirees

On March 30, 2005 the Supreme Court ruled that age discrimination was indeed prohibited under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The ruling set the threshold for such discrimination at the age of 40 — covering about 75 million people or nearly half of the American work force. This ruling by a bench whose youngest member is 56, and the debate surrounding changes to the Social Security system underline the changing face of America itself. The Census Bureau estimates that the percentage of the population over 65 will jump from 11.4 percent in 2000 to 20.7 percent in 2050. During that fifty years the population between 45 and 64 will increase nearly 50 percent but the population between 65 and 84 will increase nearly 114 percent. This prospect leaves many wondering about the ability of Social Security, Medicare and private pensions to provide for America's retirees and searching for a solution. Read more about these crucial issues below.

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