Silver Book Fact

Disabilities in older Americans, 2009

In 2009, 37% of older Americans reported some type of disability (i.e. difficulty in hearing, vision, cognition, ambulation, self-care, or independent living).  56% of people over 80 reported a severe disability and 29% reported that they needed assistance.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2010. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2011. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2010profile.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2010
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Percent Increase in Population 65+, 1998 to 2008
    Percent Increase in Population 65+, 1998 to 2008  
  • Threat of hunger for older Americans
    There are 9.6 million older adults in the United States who are at risk for hunger.  
  • Living arrangements of Medicare population, 2009
    In 2009, less than 5 percent of the Medicare population aged 65 and over lived in community housing, and 4 percent lived in long-term care facilities.  
  • Growth of older population by age group, 1990-2008
    In 2008, the 65-74 age group (20.1 million) was over 9 times larger than in 1900. In contrast, the 75-84 group (13 million) was 17 times larger and the 85…  
  • 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.