• In 2007, people aged 65 and older totaled 37.9 million – or one in eight Americans. This is an increase of 12% overall since 1997.
  • By 2030, this number is estimated to nearly double in size to just over 71 million.
  • The aged 85+ sector of society is expected to increase to 5.7 million in 2010 and again to 6.6 million by 2020.
  • There are an estimated 22 million elderly female Americans in comparison to 16 million elderly male Americans.
  • People who reach the age of 65 increase their estimated life expectancy by 19 additional years.
  • Half of elderly women aged 75 and older live alone.
  • In 2007, there were 80,771 Americans aged 100 years or older. This is an increase of 117% increase from 1900.
  • The most commonly reported health problems in the elderly population are high blood pressure (48%), arthritis (47%), heart disease (32%), cancer (20%), blood sugar issues (16%), and sinus problems (14%). 
  • In 2006 people aged 65 and older accounted for 13.1 million discharges from hospitals after short-term stays.
  • Fifty two percent of elderly Americans reported some kind of mental or physical disability issue in 2007. 
  • In 2005, 37% reported a severe mental or physical disability while 56% of persons aged 80 or older reported a severe disability. 
  • In Americans aged 85 and older, the two most common limited mobility issues are with walking and bathing or showering.
  • Thirty percent of non-institutionalized older Americans live alone.
  • Sixty seven percent of the elderly state that they have received a flu shot within the last twelve months.
  • Over three and a half million elderly Americans lived below the poverty level in 2007. 
  • Two and a half million elderly Americans were classified as being near poor.
  • In 2007, half of all elderly Americans resided in just nine out of the fifty states.
  • California reported the highest elderly population with a total of four million.
  • Eighty percent of elderly Americans live in metro areas of the country. 
  • Alaska is the state with the smallest population of resident aged 65 and older, with an estimated 48,000 residents fitting this description.
  • The elderly are the least likely to move or change residences of all the age demographics in the country.
  • By the year 2040 an estimated 14 million people will face some kind of limited mobility issue. 
  • Three percent of the 65 and older population report a yearly income of under $5,000.

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