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Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators on Well-Being

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    • Oldest-old population growth due to Baby Boomers
      By 2030, the oldest-old population will grow immensely as the Baby Boomer population reaches the age of 85+.  
    • Baby Boomer population growth by 2030
      The “Baby Boomers” will cause a significant increase in the older population until 2030, when the last of this group reaches old age.  
    • Older adult population growth, 2000-2030
      The older adult population is expected to grow from 35 million in 2000 to 75 million in 2030, comprising 20 percent of the U.S. population.  
    • Older population living in long-term care facilities
      The ratio of the 65 and older population living in long-term care facilities has decreased.  
    • 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.  
    • Housing arrangements of 85 and older population, 2012
      In 2012, 8 percent of Americans aged 85 and over lived in community housing with services, and 14 percent lived in long-term care facilities.  
    • Living arrangements of Medicare population, 2009
      In 2009, less than 5 percent of the Medicare population aged 65 and over lived in community housing, and 4 percent lived in long-term care facilities.  
    • Living arrangements of older Americans
      The majority of the older population lives independently.  
    • Medicare payments for older adults, 2008
      Of enrollees aged 65 and over, Medicare paid for 60 percent of their health care costs in 2008.  
    • Prescription drug costs for older Americans
      The average prescription drug cost for older Americans was $2,834 in 2008, an amount that has been relatively stable since 2005.  
    • Delay of care due to cost
      The number of older adults who delayed getting care due to cost has decreased since 1992.  
    • Health care costs for the elderly, 1992-2006
      Between 1992 and 2006, health care costs for the elderly increased by a significant amount.  
    • 85+ population growth between 1900 and 2010
      The 85 and over population increased by 5.4 million between 1900 and 2010.  
    • Older population increase between 1900 and 2010
      The older population increased by 37 million between 1900 and 2010.  
    • 65 and older population as percent of total population, 2010
      The 65 and older population accounted for 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2010.  
    • Additional life expectancy at age 85 in 2009 by gender
      In 2009, those who reached the age of 85 could expect to live an additional 7 years for women and an additional 5.9 years for men.  
    • Survival at age 65, 1960 and 2010
      People who survived to age 65 in 2010 could expect to live 5 years longer than those who reached age 65 in 1960.  
    • Life expectancy in 2012
      According to a 2012 study, life expectancy at 65 as well as 85 has increased.