Silver Book Fact

From January to June of 2017, 22 percent of Americans age 85 and older needed help with personal care.

From January to June of 2017, 22 percent of Americans age 85 and older needed help with personal care.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2018; 2018. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2017OlderAmericansProfile.pdf. Accessed May 8, 2018

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2018
Publication Date
2018
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Disabilities among older adults
    Of people aged 65 and over, 36 percent reported having some sort of disability (i.e. difficulty hearing, vision, cognition, ambulation, self-care, or independent living).  
  • Chronic diseases among older adults
    Of the total older adult population over 90 percent have a chronic disease (i.e. heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes), and more than 75 percent have two or more.  
  • Falls among older adults
    An older adults suffers a fall that requires an emergency room visit every 15 seconds. Every 29 minutes, an older American dies as a result of a fall.  
  • Short stay hospital admittance of 65+ population, 2007
    In 2007, around 12.9 million Americans ages 65+ were discharged from short stay hospitals–a rate three times the comparable rate for persons of all ages.  
  • Medicare payments for older adults, 2008
    Of enrollees aged 65 and over, Medicare paid for 60 percent of their health care costs in 2008.