Silver Book Fact

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. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/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
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Older women who live alone
    In 2014, 46 percent of older women lived alone.  
  • Increase in 100+ population between 1990 and 2004
    There were 64,658 persons age 100 and older in 2004 (0.18% of the population). This is a 73% increase from the 1990 figure of 37,306.  
  • 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.  
  • Increase in 100+ population between 1990 and 2009
    In 2009, there were 64,024 Americans age 100 and older–0.2% of the total 65+ population.  This is a 72% increased from 1990 when there were 37,306 Americans age 100 and…  
  • 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.