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Older American population

About 1 in 8 (12.4%) of the population is an older American.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2011. Washington, DC: Administration on Aging, HHS; 2012. http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2011/docs/2011profile.pdf. Accessed June 30, 2015

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2011
Publisher
Administration on Aging, HHS
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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  • Today's Older Population

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