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Growth of 65+ population since 1900

Since 1900, the number of Americans ages 65 and older has increased twelve times–from 3.1 million to 37.3 million.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2007. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2008. http://www.aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2007/docs/2007profile.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2007
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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  • Today's Older Population

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