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

  • Older Americans as percentage of population
    More than 1 in 8 (12.9%) of the US population is an older American.  
  • Older U.S. population by gender
    There are about 5.5 million more older women in the United States than older men.  
  • Income of households headed by older adults
    In 2013, households headed by persons 65+ had a median income of $51,486.  
  • Marital status of older population by gender, 2014
    In 2014, 72 percent of older men and 46 percent of older women were married.  
  • Health care costs for the elderly, 1992-2006
    Between 1992 and 2006, health care costs for the elderly increased by a significant amount.