Older Adult Statistics

  • U.S. Statistics

    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) – The State of Aging and Health in America 2013:
    • By 2050, it is anticipated that Americans aged 65 or older will number nearly 89 million people, or more than double the number of older adults in the United States in 2010.
    • Since January 1, 2011, and each and every day for the next 20 years, roughly 10,000 Americans will celebrate their 65th birthdays.
    • In 2030, when the last baby boomer turns 65, one of every five Americans—about 72 million people—will be an older adult.
    • Currently, about 80% of older Americans are living with at least one chronic condition.
    • Among healthcare costs for older Americans, 95% are for chronic diseases.
    • The cost of providing healthcare for one person aged 65 or older is three to five times higher than the cost for someone younger than 65.
    • By 2030, healthcare spending will increase by 25%, largely because the population will be older.
    • Medicare spending is projected to increase from $555 billion in 2011 to $903 billion in 2020.

  • International Statistics

    • The Department of Health and Human Services data show that by 2030 one in five people in the world will be 65 or older.
    • By 2035, the United Nations Population Division estimates one in five people on the planet will be 65 or older.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
    • Low- and middle-income countries will experience the most rapid and dramatic increase in older populations.
    • Worldwide the number of people aged 60 years and over is expected to increase from 605 million to two billion by 2050.
    • Even in poor countries, most older people die of noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
    • Older people worldwide often have several health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease, at the same time.
    • The number of older people who are no longer able to look after themselves in developing countries is forecast to quadruple by 2050.
    • The risk of dementia rises sharply with age with an estimated 25-30% of people aged 85 or older having some degree of cognitive decline.

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