Texas currently has a population of almost 21 million people, with 2.7 million over age 60. Texas has the second largest number of Hispanic elders and the third largest older black population in the country. By 2020 in Texas :
- One in five will be over age 60.
- The oldest-old population (80+) will increase by 179%.
- Over 80% of those 65+ will have at least one chronic health condition.
Currently 1 in 10 people over age 65 and nearly half over age 85 are affected by Alzheimer's disease (AD), a devastating disorder of the brain's nerve cells that impairs memory, thinking, and behavior, and ultimately leads to death. By 2050, the number of people with AD could be as high as 16 million in the US.