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