Did You Know?
Statistics regarding the elderly from various sources:
- The older US population (65+) numbered 43.1 million in 2012, an increase of 7.6 million or 21% since 2002.
- More than half the US population age 65 and older has at least 3 or more medical health related problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, malnutrition, or arthritis.
- Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.2 years (20.4 years for females and 17.8 years for males).
- About one in every seven, or 13.7%, of the population is an older American.
- A relatively small number (1.5 million) and percentage (3.5%) of the 65+ population in 2012 lived in institutional settings such as nursing homes (1.2 million). However, the percentage increases dramatically with age, ranging (in 2012) from 1% for persons 65-74 years to 3% for persons 75-84 years and 10% for persons 85+. In addition, in 2009, approximately 2.7% of the elderly lived in senior housing with at least one supportive service available to their residents.
- The age group 85 and older is now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.
- Nearly 20% of people 55 and older experience mental disorders that are not part of normal aging. The most common disorders, in order of prevalence, are: anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders. Studies report, however, that mental disorders in older adults are under reported.
- The rate of suicide is highest among older adults compared to any other age group – and the suicide rate for persons 85 years and older is the highest of all – twice the overall national rate. http://www.gmhfonline.org/prof/facts_mh.asp
- One out of three older adults (aged 65 or older) falls each year, but fewer than half talk to their healthcare providers about it. For more information go to the website below: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html