A Lighter Load

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Science  29 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5402, pp. 629c
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5402.629c

The aging of the U.S. population will soon trigger a sharp rise in the number of “dependent” elderly for each worker. But projections show that because of lower birth rates, the total number of all dependents per worker will actually decline from levels in the 1960s and 1970s. Data are from a new report, “Demography Is Not Destiny,” from the Gerontological Society of America.

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