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A Profile of Older Americans: 2010

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    • Medicare enrollees receiving personal care
      Around 3.7 million (11%) of older Medicare enrollees received personal care from a paid or unpaid source in 1999.  
    • Older Americans in nursing homes
      Around 1.3 million elderly Americans are currently in nursing homes (around half are age 85 and older).  
    • Daily living activities of Medicare beneficiaries, 2007
      In 2007, more than 25% of community-resident Medicare beneficiaries over age 65 had difficulty in performing one or more activities of daily living.  An additional 4.6% reported difficulties with instrumental…  
    • Health status among older Americans with disability
      Of the 65+ Americans who reported a severe disability in 2009, 64% reported their health as fair or poor.  Among those who reported no disability, only 10% reported their health…  
    • 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…  
    • Health insurance coverage for older Americans, 2009
      In 2009, 93.5% of non-institutionalized Americans age 65+ were covered by Medicare.  Of those, around 58% had some type of supplemental private health insurance.  8% had military-based health insurance, and…  
    • Out-of-pocket health care expenditures for older Americans, 2009
      In 2009, older Americans had average out-of-pocket health care expenditures of $4,846–an increase of 61% since 1999.  The average for Americans of all ages was $3,126.  Older Americans also spent…  
    • Office visits with doctors among older population
      In 2007, older Americans averaged 7.1 office visits with doctors–compared to 3.7 for Americans ages 45-65.  
    • Average hospital stay for 65+ population, 2007
      The average length of hospital stay for Americans age 65+ in 2007 was 5.6 days–compared to 4.8 days for Americans of all ages.  
    • Short stay hospital admittance of 65+ population, 2007
      In 2007, around 12.9 million Americans ages 65+ were discharged from short stay hospitals–a rate three times the comparable rate for persons of all ages.  
    • Most older Americans have at least one chronic condition.  From 2006-2008, the most frequently occurring conditions among older Americans were: Hypertension (38%) Diagnosed arthritis (50%) All types of heart disease (32%) Any cancer (22%) Diabetes…  
    • Perception of health status among older Americans in 2009
      In 2009, 41.6% of noninstitutionalized older Americans assessed their health as excellent or very good–compared to 64.5% of all Americans ages 18-64.  
    • Number of Persons 65+, 1900 – 2030
      Number of Persons 65+, 1900 – 2030  
    • 85+ population projections 2009-2020
      The 85+ population will grow from 5.6 million in 2009 to 5.8 million in 2010 to 6.6 million in 2020.  
    • Growth of 65+ population between 2009 and 2030
      People 65+ will grow from 12.9% of the population in 2009 to an estimated 19.3% of the population in 2030.  
    • Older Americans in 2030
      By 2030, there will be an estimated 72.1 million older Americans–almost doubling from 2008.  
    • 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…  
    • Number of 65+ Americans in 2009
      In 2009, the number of Americans age 65 and older increased by 770,699.  
    • In 2009, around 2.6 million Americans celebrated their 65th birthday.
      In 2009, around 2.6 million Americans celebrated their 65th birthday.  
    • Death rates between 1990 and 2007
      Between 1990 and 2007, death rates for the 65-84 population declined–by 41.6% for men ages 65-74 and 29.5% for men ages 75-84.  
    • Average life expectancy in 2007
      In 2007, the average life expectancy is 77.9 years (around 30 years longer than in 1900).  
    • Older population in the US, 1900-2008
      The older population in the U.S. is growing older.  In 2008, the 65-74 age group was 9.5 times larger than in 1900.  In contrast, the 75-84 age group was 17…  
    • Older American population growth since 1900
      Since 1900, the percentage of Americans age 65+ has more than tripled (from 4.1% in 1900 to 12.9% in 2009) and the number has increased almost thirteen times (from 3.1…  
    • Growth of 65 and older population through 2020
      The 65 and older population will grow from 35 million in 2000 to 40 million in 2010 (a 15% increase) to 55 million in 2020 (a 36% increase).  
    • Additional life expectancy in 2007
      In 2007, people reaching the age of 65 had an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years (19.9 years for women and 17.2 years for males).  
    • Older Americans as percentage of population
      More than 1 in 8 (12.9%) of the US population is an older American.  
    • Americans aged 45-64, 1999-2009
      The number of Americans ages 45-64, who will reach 65 over the next two decades, increased by 26% from 1999 to 2009.  
    • Increase in 65+ population since 1999
      The 65+ population numbered 39.6 million in 2009–an increase of 4.3 million (12.5%) since 1999.