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:

U.S. Population Info

  • 43.1 million – The number of seniors who were age 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2012, comprised 13.7% of the total population in 2004.
  • 86.7 million – Projected number of people who will be 65 or older in the year 2050.
  • 142% – The projected percentage that the 65+ senior population will increase between 2000 and 2050.
  • There are 72 men for every 100 women in the age group ‘above 65 years’ and there are 45 men per 100 women in the age group ‘above 85 years.’
  • 9.1 million – Estimated number of seniors age 65 and older who are military veterans.
  • In the United States on 1st Nov 2005 there were an estimated 67,473 centenarians (people aged 100 or older).

Health

  • Reducing the death rate from heart disease or cancer by 20% would be worth around $10 trillion to Americans. This would be more than one year’s U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
  • In the United States, seniors account for 40% of all prescriptions although they form only 15% of the population.
  • Exercise is the mantra to keep young and feel good. A study published in 1995 that tracked 9,777 men between 20 and 82 years found that physically unfit men who became fit had death rates 44% lower than those who remained unfit.
  • Regular exercise prevents bone loss and incidence of fractures; it increases the muscle strength and hence the balance and co-ordination.

Technology

  • 40% of seniors 65 and older who have a computer at home.
  • 25% of seniors 65 and older who use the Internet.