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Social Security Recipients Age 65 or Older, Percent Change

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Changes in the number of those 65 or older receiving Social Security are related in large part to changes in the number of births 65 years earlier. The accelerating growth of the number of recipients in the last several years corresponds to increases in the number of births at the end of the Great Depression. Starting in 2011, the number of Social Security recipients should begin to rise more rapidly as the baby-boom generation begins to reach age 65.