The Turning Point

The Turning Point

The number of American women age 65 and older tripled between 2005 and 2015 and will double again by 2030. This unprecedented number of older women presents both opportunities and challenges. Their needs and priorities differ significantly from older men, as women live longer, have different chronic conditions, endure more functional impairments, and have different economic needs.

This trailblazing group changed and advanced society throughout every phase of their adult lives: integrating higher education, entering and altering the workforce, redefining sexuality, marriage, childbearing, and parenting. And now, they are changing how women age.

The Facts

Women over 50 have high expectations for active golden years, but their quality of life is dependent on good health, independence, and social and financial well-being.

Women face unique health issues as they age, including heart, bone, pelvic, and brain disorders. And their physical and mental health is impacted by caregiving responsibilities, housing instability, and social isolation.

Women earn less than men throughout their lives, but outlive them, resulting in enormous retirement income gaps. Low-income women, women of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women with disabilities face distinctive quality-of-life challenges as they get older.

Women make 90% of household healthcare decisions and account for 93% of over-the-counter pharmaceutical purchases.

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The Opportunity

BOlder Women’s Health Coalition is bringing together leaders in research and advocacy to rethink these challenges and how to address them.

No one organization or network is yet devoted to identifying and addressing the comprehensive medical, economic, and social challenges facing older women. The BOlder Coalition is dedicated to changing that.