Silver Book Fact

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
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Tobacco smoking as a major risk factor
    Worldwide, tobacco smoking (including second-hand smoke) was 1 of the top 3 leading risk factors for disease and contributed to an estimated 6.2 million deaths in 2010.  
  • Housing arrangements for adults aged 65-74, 2012
    In 2012, about 97 percent of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 lived in traditional community settings.  
  • Increase in older population between 2012 and 2013
    Between 2012 and 2013, there was a 1.6 million net increase in the 65+ population.  
  • Mental disorders among older adults
    Currently, 25 percent of older Americans experience depression, anxiety, dementia, or other mental disorders. By 2030, the number is expected to double.  
  • Aging of the U.S. population from 1950 to 2004
    Between 1950 and 2004, the U.S. population got older. During that time, the under 18 population fell from 31% to 25% of the total population; while the 55-64 population grew…