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Profile of Older Americans released

Profile of Older Americans, published by the Administration for Community Living, is available with data from 2018. The profile includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving, and new this year: emergency and disaster preparedness.

Some interesting take-aways from this publication:

  • Over the past 10 years, the population age 65 and over increased from 37.8 million in 2007 to 50.9 million in 2017 (a 34% increase) and is projected to reach 94.7 million in 2060.The age 85+ population is projected to increase 123% from 2017 to 2040.
  • Approximately 28% of the older population lives alone.
  • Among women age 75 and over, 44% lived alone.
  • Leading chronic conditions among older adults include hypertension (67% in 2015), arthritis (55% in 2015), heart disease (29% in 2015-2016), physician-diagnosed diabetes (22% in 2011-2014), cancer (19% in 2015-2016), and stroke (8% in 2015-2016).
  • The need for caregiving increases with age. In January-June 2018, the percentage of older adults age 85 and over needing help with personal care (20%) was more than twice the percentage for adults ages 75–84 (9%) and five times the percentage for adults ages 65–74 (4%).
  • For adults 75+, television is their first source of emergency information, compared with 31% of the overall population. The percentage of older adults receiving information from the internet (9%) is much lower than for the total population (31%).

The data is contrived from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.