- By 2030, there will be 71 million American older adults accounting for roughly 20% of the U.S. population.
- Each year, 360,000–480,000 older adults sustain fall-related fractures.
- In 2002, the top three causes of death for U.S. adults aged 65 or older were heart disease (32% of all deaths), cancer (22%), and stroke (8%). These accounted for 61% of all deaths in this age group.
- Adults age 65 or older were more likely than adults age 50–64 to
report that they “rarely” or “never” received the social and emotional
support they needed (12.2% compared to 8.1%, respectively).
- About 29% (11.3 million) of noninstitutionalized older persons live alone (8.1 million women, 3.2 million men).
- Almost half of older women (47%) age 75+ live alone.
- Approximately one-fifth of Hispanic and other, non-Hispanic adults age 65 years or older reported that they were not receiving the support they
need, compared to about one-tenth of older white adults.
- Among adults age 50 or older, men were more likely than women to report they “rarely” or “never” received the support they needed (11.39% compared to 8.49%).
- Currently, at least 80% of older Americans are living
with at least one chronic condition, and 50% have at least two.
- It is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder).
- Older men have the highest suicide rate of any age group. Men aged 85 years or older have a
suicide rate of 45.23 per 100,000, compared to an overall rate of 11.01 per 100,000 for all ages.
- The older population (65+) numbered 40.4 million in 2010, an increase of 5.4 million or 15.3% since 2000.
- The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 31% during this decade.
- Older women outnumber older men at 23.0 million older women to 17.5 million older men.
- Older men were much more likely to be married than older women--72% of men vs. 42% of women. 40% older women in 2010 were widows.
- The population 65 and over has increased from 35 million in 2000 to 40 million in 2010 (a 15% increase) and is projected to increase to 55 million in 2020 (a 36% increase for that decade).
- The 85+ population is projected to increase from 5.5 million in 2010 and then to 6.6 million in 2020 (19%) for that decade.
- Minority populations have increased from 5.7 million in 2000 (16.3% of the elderly population) to 8.1 million in 2010 (20% of the elderly) and are projected to increase to 13.1 million in 2020 (24% of the elderly).
*Data from Administration On Aging, the U.S. Census Bureau, State of Aging and Health in America 2007, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. .