County Executive Chris Abele
Press Release

Milwaukee County Aging Study Shows Changing Face of Population

Extensive Study Looks at Adults 60 and Older

By - Dec 5th, 2012 01:46 pm

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) will unveil a study on Friday, December 7th that looks at significant trends in the aging population in Milwaukee County. The Face of Aging in Milwaukee County – 2012 report examines the changes in the senior population since 2000 and looks at future trends.

“These results give us an important snapshot of Milwaukee County’s older adult population while providing critical information to help us better serve them,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “Thanks to this report, policy makers and advocates can tailor current and future services to where they are needed most.”

Stephanie Sue Stein, Director of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging said, “We will use the information in this report to develop opportunities and services for all of Milwaukee County’s seniors.”

Among the report’s findings:

  •    Milwaukee County’s older adult population is expected to increase from 153,000 in 2010 to 216,000 in 2035.
  •    African American and Latino older adult populations increased in Milwaukee County from 2000 to 2010 while White older adult populations decreased slightly.
  •    The south suburbs are seeing the biggest increases in the older adult population from 2000 to 2010 with Franklin (74% increase) and Oak Creek (59% increase) leading the way.
  •    The City of Milwaukee saw a 7% decrease in the older adult population from 2000 to 2010.
  •    More than 75% of Milwaukee County older adults report good or very good health.
  •    The poverty level for seniors 65 and older remains steady at 9% with a slight decrease in the White population and a small increase in the African American and Latino populations.

The MCDA in partnership with the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH), AARP, and Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) developed the study which was made possible by a generous donation from the Helen Bader Foundation.

This work was made possible due to the partnerships the Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) developed with the Center for Urban Population Health, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, AARP, and the Helen Bader Foundation.

“While this report highlights areas of concern, it also shows us the potential to redefine older adulthood,” said Helen Ramon, program officer at the Helen Bader Foundation. “We [Helen Bader Foundation] are pleased to help make this report possible and have been supporting healthy aging approaches across Wisconsin for more than 20 years. This snapshot of our home community will help ensure that we can continue that momentum as the Baby Boom generation ages.”

What: Community Presentation – The Face of Aging in Milwaukee County – 2012
When: Friday, December 7, 2012 -11am
Where: Italian Community Center

This report is the third edition, MCDA published The Face of Aging in Milwaukee County following the 1990, 2000 and now the 2010 census.

To obtain copies of The Face of Aging in Milwaukee County -2012 report after December 7th, call MCDA at 414-289-5059 or visit

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