Demographic Shifts

Shifts in Population: Both Age & Numbers

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 37 million people, or approximately 12% of the population, were over 65 in 2005. As the Baby Boomers turn 65 (between 2010 and 2030), this number is projected to increase dramatically to 72 million people. That is, approximately one in five Americans will be 65 or older.

Family Dynamics

Change in Family & Social Patterns

Academic experts have been studying the aging experience; how it affects individuals, their physical and mental health and mental acuity and; how it affects family, who in the future will have fewer children but will be responsible for four and five generations of family members. They will be living together in new family structures and social relationships with change across the society at large.

Research and Development

Technological Advancement

We will need new products for the new environments, private: homes, vehicles, food & nutrition, medications; public : restaurants, transportation, hotels, hospitals; and the workplace: factories, companies, institutions.

Our Vision

The goal of Society 2030 is to provide cutting edge research and to stimulate the work of the consortium. The intent is not to create a view which is incremental and progressive, but rather, one which is creative, flexible and even disruptive from currently held views. While, on average, the U.S. and worldwide populations will become significantly older, our emphasis is upon all age cohorts. The plan is to focus on how we will need to respond to the vastly different social and economic circumstances we will be facing.
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Corporate Partners

Your corporation will: help develop the agenda for and hear the latest leading-edge research from world-renowned experts from the fields of gerontology, demography, transportation, architecture, medical/pharmaceutical, business, economics, technology, and product design; help develop the implications of this leading-edge research as you interact with the faculty, researchers, and your counterparts from other industries; help develop the research agenda leading to product development of offerings for the new Society 2030.

Next Meeting

February 10, 2015


In 2010, The University of Michigan, led by the Office of Research and the Institute for Social Research launched Society 2030. During Phase I, the Consortium identified a range of problems and challenges facing our society and their implications. Click here to view a summary of the issues discussed.

Phase II, to be launched on April 17th 2014, will include focused and specific project activity with tangible results that will have direct implications for our society and our corporate partners.