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Americans 65 years of age and older in 2008

Americans 65 years of age and older numbered 38.9 million in 2008, an increase of 4.5 million or 13% since 1998.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2009. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2010. http://www.aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2009/docs/2009profile_508.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2009
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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  • Today's Older Population

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