Silver Book Fact

65 and older population since 1900

Since 1900, the 65 and older population has doubled 3 times.

Friedland, Robert B. and Laura Summer. Demography Is Not Destiny, Revisited. Washington, D.C.: Center on an Aging Society, Georgetown University; 2005

Reference

Title
Demography Is Not Destiny, Revisited
Publisher
Center on an Aging Society, Georgetown University
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Friedland, Robert B. and Laura Summer

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Suicide rates among older population
    Adults 85 and over have a higher suicide rate than any other population.  
  • Perception of health status among older Americans in 2009
    In 2009, 41.6% of noninstitutionalized older Americans assessed their health as excellent or very good–compared to 64.5% of all Americans ages 18-64.  
  • Growth of 100+ population since 1980
    Since 1980, the percentage of adults aged 100+ has increased at a faster rate than the entire population, growing from 32,194 people to 67,347 people.  
  • Older American population
    About 1 in 8 (12.4%) of the population is an older American.  
  • Every day, more than 6,000 Americans celebrate their 65th birthday.
    Every day, more than 6,000 Americans celebrate their 65th birthday.