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A Profile of Older Americans: 2014

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    • Growth of older adult population between 2000 and 2040
      Between 2000 and 2040, the number of older adults will double to 82.3 million people.  
    • Growth of 65+ population between 2003 and 2060
      Between 2003 and 2013, the 65+ population increased from 35.9 million to 44.7 million. By 2060, this number is expected to reach 98 million.  
    • Racial and ethnic minority older population growth by 2030
      Racial and ethnic minorities comprised 21.2 percent of the older population in 2013, and are expected to comprise 28.5 percent of the older population in 2030.  
    • 85+ population growth between 2013 and 2040
      In 2013, the 85 and over population was 6 million. By 2040, this population will be 14.6 million.  
    • 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).  
    • Older adults covered by Medicare
      93 percent of older adults were covered by Medicare in 2013.  
    • Distribution of health care costs for older adults, 2013
      In 2013, the majority of health care costs for older adults went towards insurance, followed by medical services, drugs, and medical supplies.  
    • Older adults’ health expenditures
      More than 12 percent of older adults’ expenditures are spent on health.  
    • Medical expenditures of older Americans, 2013
      The average out-of-pocket cost for health care expenditures for older Americans in 2013 was $5,069.  
    • Hospital stays for older Americans, 2012
      There were 6.8 million older Americans who had at least one overnight stay in a hospital in 2012.  
    • Physical activity in older adults
      More than 40 percent of older adults aged 65-74 engage in regular leisure-time physical activity, while only 27 percent of older adults aged 75+ reported doing so.  
    • Percent of older Americans who are obese
      Almost 30 percent of older Americans were classified as obese in 2014 (according to height and weight self-reports).  
    • Flu vaccines among older adults
      Between January and June of 2014, 71% of older Americans reported that they had received a flu vaccine in the past year.  
    • Common medical conditions in older Americans
      The most common medical condition among older Americans between 2011 and 2013 was diagnosed arthritis, followed by heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.  
    • Chronic conditions in today’s older adults
      Most Americans aged 65 and older experience at least chronic condition.  
    • Health ratings of older Americans, 2013
      In 2013, 43 percent of older Americans rated their health as excellent or very good.  
    • Percent increase in population 65+, 2003-2013
       
    • Labor force participation by older women
      In 2014, over 9 percent of women aged 65+ were in the labor force.  
    • Labor force participation by older men
      In 2014, over 20 percent of men 65+ were in the labor force.  
    • Persons 65+ as a percentage of total population by state, 2013
       
    • Older adults as percentage of U.S. labor force
      In 2014, older adults represented 5% of America’s labor force.  
    • Older adults in labor force, 2014
      There were 8.4 million older adults in the labor force in 2014, 4.6 million of whom were men, and 3.8 million of whom were women.  
    • Older adults living outside of metropolitan areas, 2013
      In 2013, about 20 percent of older Americans did not live in metropolitan areas.  
    • Number of older adults in cities, 2013
      In 2013, about 80 percent of older adults resided in metropolitan areas.  
    • Location of older adults, 2013
      In 2013, more than 60 percent of older adults lived in just 13 states: California, Florida, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, and…  
    • 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.  
    • Increase in older population between 2012 and 2013
      Between 2012 and 2013, there was a 1.6 million net increase in the 65+ population.  
    • 65 year old adults in 2013
      In 2013, 3.4 million Americans turned 65.  
    • Growth in older population between 1900 and 2013
      In 2013, there were 10 times more Americans aged 65-74 than there were in 1900, 70 percent more older persons aged 75-84 than there were in 1900, and 49 times…  
    • Increase in older population, 1900-2014
      There were 13 times more older Americans in 2014 than there were in 1900 – an increase from 3.1 million to 44.7 million.  
    • Older Americans living below poverty line, 2013
      In 2013, 9.5% of older Americans were below the poverty line, an increase of 0.4% since 2012.  
    • Sources of income for older adults, 2012
      The largest source of income for older persons in 2012 was Social Security, followed by assets, private pensions, government employee pensions, and earnings.    
    • Income of households headed by older adults
      In 2013, households headed by persons 65+ had a median income of $51,486.  
    • Increase in ethnic/minority populations in older adults, 2003 to 2013
      The percentage of older adults of racial and ethnic populations has increased by 3.7 percent between 2003 and 2013.  
    • Growth of older population who are of ethnic/minority populations
      The proportion of older adults who are of ethnic and minority populations is expected to increase from 9.5 million in 2013 to 21.1 million in 2030.  
    • Growth of 85+ population between 2013 and 2040
      From 2013 to 2040, the 85+ population is expected to grow by 8.6 million.  
    • Older adults as primary caregiver, 2013
      There were approximately 536,000 adults aged 65 and over who were the primary caregiver for their grandchildren in 2013.  
    • Older women who live alone
      In 2014, 46 percent of older women lived alone.  
    • Older Americans who live alone
      In 2014, about 12.5 million older Americans (non-institutionalized) lived alone.  
    • Marital status of older population by gender, 2014
      In 2014, 72 percent of older men and 46 percent of older women were married.  
    • Racial and ethnic makeup of older population
      In the United States in 2013, 21.2% of the older population were members of racial or ethnic minority populations.  
    • Older U.S. population by gender
      There are about 5.5 million more older women in the United States than older men.  
    • Centennials in U.S., 2013
      In 2013, there were 67,347 centennials living in the United States.  
    • 100+ population, 2013
      In 2013, 0.15% of the 65+ population was 100 or older.  
    • Percentage of population that is an older American
      14.1 percent of the population of the United States is considered to be an older American.  
    • Increase in number of Americans who will reach 65 in next 20 years
      Between 2003 and 2013, the number of Americans who will reach 65 over the next 20 years increased by 20.7%.  
    • Increase in 60+ population between 2003 and 2013
      The number of Americans aged 60 and over increased from 48.1 million in 2003 to 62.8 million in 2013.  
    • Older adult population increase between 2003 and 2013
      In 2003, the older adult population (those 65 and over) was 8.8 million. In 2013, this number increased 24.7% to 44.7 million.  
    • Death rates for men, 1900 and 2007
      Between 1900 and 2007, death rates for men aged 65-74 decreased by 41.6% and by 29.5% for men aged 75-84.