Information on Aging

It’s no secret that the senior population – in this country and around the world – is growing and changing. Here are some interesting demographic statistics about the senior population, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. Click here for detailed information: Aging in the United States

U.S. Population Info

  • 47.8 million – As of July 1, 2015, the number of people aged 65 and older living in the United States. This group comprised 14.9% of the total population and increased 1.6 million from 2014.
  • 98.2 million – Projected number of people who will be 65 or older in the year 2060. Of this number, 19.7 million will be age 85 or older
  • $38,515 – The median income of households with residents age 65 and older in 2015.
  • 11.5 million – Individuals between the ages of 65-70:46% percent are male. In the above 85 group, females make up 62.4% of the population.
  • 9.3 million – Estimated number of seniors age 65 and older who are military veterans.
  • The 2010 U.S. Census – listed 53,364 centenarians.
  • 20.7 The number of centenarian men for every 100 centenarian women.

Health

    Click here for detailed information on aging and health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Health and Aging

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 76% of Americans age 60-64 consider their health good,very good, or excellent.74% of those over the age of 65 responded as being in good health. How healthy do we feel?
  • In 2016, AARP surveyed more than 1,800 adults over the age of 50. “Among survey respondents 75 percent of take a prescription medication on a regular basis, with an even higher percentage for those ages 65 and older. Of these, over 80 percent take at least two prescription drugs and over 50 percent take four or more. African American and low-income individuals tend to take more medications.” (Casey Schwarz)
  • Exercise benefits everyone, but older adults tend to live longer, suffer fewer chronic illnesses, and experience improved mood and well-being. Get help starting an exercise program.
  • Strength training prevents bone loss and incidence of fractures. Stronger muscles promote better balance and coordination.

Technology

  • 35.3 Million of individuals 65 and older have a computer at home.
  • 30.9 Million of individuals 65 and older use the Internet.