Friday, August 30, 2013

Inspiring Story for the Month: Edythe Kirchmaier at 105 (and 7 months!)

NBC's Today Show featured Edythe Kirchmaier, who at 105+, uses her humor and upbeat personality to banter with talk show hosts and interviewers.  She redefines the meaning of "spry," recently passing the test to renew her driver's license, after more than 85 years without so much as a parking ticket, much less a driving violation.  Best of all, she's celebrating 40 years of volunteer service at Direct Relief International, calling it her second home.

Edythe is an important part of the national economy.  Seniors contribute huge numbers of volunteer hours, with rates of older volunteers increasing over the last several years.  One study reports:

"The proportion of older adults who volunteer 100 or more hours a year is 46 percent higher today than in 1974. Today, 46.1 percent of older adults volunteer 100 or more hours a year while 31.6 percent of older adults volunteered 100 or more hours in 1974."

August 30, 2013 in Current Affairs, Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Teaching tools: The Global Aging Quiz

The first day of class, I give my students the U.S. Census Bureau's "Global Aging Quiz".  It's a great way to get them thinking about the kinds of issues raised by demographic aging.  I use the quiz to provide a context for my introduction to elder law (Chapter 1 of my casebook)...and to get them used to the idea of interactive discussion and participation.  It works--kind of.

Access the quiz via  U.S. Census Bureau (Kinsella, et al.) An Aging World (2009) (pp. 5-6)

August 28, 2013 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Comparative Research: Ageing Demographics and Costs in the UK

Since my 2010 Fulbright sabbatical in Northern Ireland, I've become more attuned to research resources outside of the U.S.  That's what sabbaticals should do, right?  Broaden our professional horizons!

One of the sites I find useful is the International Longevity Centre in the U.K., which is known as a think-tank seeking to impact policy on longevity, ageing and population change.  Plus, it is always fun to try to remember where I am on the U.S./Britain "divide" on proper spelling of key terms such as aging or ageing!

Here are a few interesting statistics featured in the ILC's recent “Factpack”:
  • At 12.2 million, the number of pensioners in the UK is equivalent to the combined populations of Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
  • One third of babies born in 2012 in the UK are expected to survive to celebrate their 100th birthday.
  • Health Life Expectancy at birth is 63.5 years for men and 65.7 for women. Increase in life expectancy is currently outstripping the increase in HLE.
  • Spending on long-term care is projected to rise by around £14bn by 2061/62.
  • In June 2013 there were over 1 million workers over the age of 65 in the UK – the highest since records began.
  • 28% of those aged 75 and over have internet access in their home. 3% of over 75s own a smart phone.          

How would statistics compare in your state or country?  Feel free to add your comment below.

-- Katherine C. Pearson, Penn State Law

August 21, 2013 in Health Care/Long Term Care, Statistics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 1, 2010

China's census will reveal important information about changing demographics

China began tallying its population on Monday for the first time since 2000, an arduous task likely to be made even tougher by the need to count scores of millions of migrant workers in the nation’s big cities.

The government said it had sent more than six million census-takers out to survey 400 million households, including the shantytowns and dormitories that often house rural men who have flooded into the cities to work in factories and on construction projects.

In the five censuses since the Communist government took power in 1949, migrants were listed as living where their homes were registered instead of where they actually lived. By disregarding the hukou, as the registration regime is called, the government hopes to get its first accurate count of city dwellers.

The last major census a decade ago counted 1.265 billion mainland Chinese citizens, of which 807 million were placed in rural areas. The latest United Nations estimate two years ago projected that the population would reach 1.396 billion this year, and the organization’s 2003 estimate projected that by this year the population would be split about equally between cities and rural areas.

But analyses vary widely, and the sheer volume of migrants — 160 million is the middle ground of estimates — are a demographic wild card that could reshape perceptions of China’s population. The 2010 census is expected not only to better document the rural-to-urban migration, but to shed new light on a number of impending demographic shifts, including a rapid fall in the number of young people, a similarly sharp growth in the number of elderly and a decline in the size of the workforce.

Those and other trends may lessen some of the social and economic pressures on Chinese society, like the furious scramble to create enough jobs for new workers. But they are also likely to create others, including rising costs for social services like pensions and changes in the structure of the economy.

Census officials said in a briefing last week that they were taking extra steps to encourage cooperation from some classes of citizens who might hide from census-takers, including undocumented migrant laborers and families that have quietly violated a 30-year-old policy limiting many households to one child.

Read more in the International Herald Tribune 

November 1, 2010 in Current Affairs, Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Older volunteers provide 800% return on investment

Older adult volunteers can provide an 800% return on investment to nonprofits, says a new report released today by NCOA. The report, The Boomer Solution: Skilled Talent to Meet Nonprofit Needs, is the result of a three-year collaborative study of more than 60 nonprofits nationwide. 

The Boomer Solution outlines how nonprofits can best capitalize on the growing influx of boomer talent into the volunteer workforce to advance their missions in the community.

“With the number of older volunteers on the rise, there has never been a better time for nonprofits to leverage the power of older adults to help meet important social needs in our communities,” says Thomas Endres, vice president of Civic Engagement at NCOA. “This timely report provides new ideas and insights, brings best practices to the table, and demonstrates the value of this nonprofit capacity-building model.”

As part of the study, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, nonprofits developed and tested various models of integrating skilled older adult volunteers with nonprofit staff. Volunteers were placed in leadership roles and positions within nonprofit organizations that matched their area of expertise.

Using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and marketplace wage data, NCOA developed a return on investment measurement tool to compare the expense of recruiting, training, and maintaining skilled volunteers to the value of volunteers’ service.

Read the full report.

October 8, 2010 in Retirement, Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics releases Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well Being

Older Americans 2008:
Key Indicators of Well-Being

This report provides the latest data on the 38 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.

Powerpoint Slides of Charts

Press Notes (DOC)

Excel SpreadSheets

Historical Experience of Three Cohorts (PDF)

Retirement Resources Report

Workshop Presentations, Papers, and Reports

January 18, 2010 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Data Sources on Older Americans 2009

Data Sources on Older Americans 2009 highlights the aging-related products currently available from member agencies of the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) as well as other Federal agencies. Some data bases or surveys could be listed under more than one agency. Federal agencies often jointly develop data, but produce reports that reflect differing agency missions. For example, the Current Population Survey (CPS) is sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and fielded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Reports based on CPS data and issued by the two agencies differ. BLS reports focus on employment and labor force topics, while U.S. Census Bureau reports focus on living arrangements.  Get the report here: 

http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/Main_Site/Data/2009_Documents/Final_DSOA2009_508.pdf

January 18, 2010 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

2009 Edition of "Profile of Older Americans" now available

Profile of Older Americans--2009

This popular brochure contains the latest key statistics on older Americans. It includes both narrative and statistical charts. The 2009 edition is only available online. Get it here.

The following are some of the highlights of the Profile of Older Americans.

* The population 65 and over will increase from 35 million in 2000 to 40 million in 2010 (a 15% increase) and then to 55 million in 2020 (a 36% increase for that decade).

* The 85+ population is projected to increase from 4.2 million in 2000 to 5.7 million in 2010 (a 36% increase) and then to 6.6 million in 2020 (a 15% increase for that decade).

* The number of Americans aged 45-64 - who will reach 65 over the next two decades - increased by 31% during this decade.

* In 2008, 19.6% of persons 65+ were minorities--8.3% were African-Americans. Persons of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) represented 6.8% of the older population. About 3.4% were Asian or Pacific Islander, and less than 1% were American Indian or Native Alaskan. In addition, 0.6% of persons 65+ identified themselves as being of two or more races.

* Minority populations are projected to increase from 5.7 million in 2000 (16.3% of the elder population) to 8.0 million in 2010 (20.1% of elders) and then to 12.9 million in 2020 (23.6% of the elders).

* About 3.7 million elders (9.7%) were below the poverty level in 2008 which is not statistically different from the poverty rate in 2007 (9.7%).

* About 471,000 grandparents aged 65 or more had the primary responsibility for their grandchildren who lived with them.

January 16, 2010 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Researchers say that government population estimates reflect understated life expectancy

Researchers at the MacArthur Research network say that current government projections may significantly underestimate the future life expectancy of Americans. By 2050 Americans may live 3.1 to 7.9 years longer than official government projections. The researchers forecast that by 2050 life expectancy for females will rise to 89.2-93.3 years and to 83.2-85.9 years for males. The study estimates that cumulative outlays for Medicare and Social Security could rise by $3.2 to $8.3 trillion from current government projections by 2050. Researchers point out that longer life expectancy has positive implications for society, including new and expanded markets in health care and leisure and a more experienced work force. The full report can be downloaded at Global Action on Aging, http://www.globalaging.org/index.htm
 

January 11, 2010 in Social Security, Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

National Center for Health Statistics announces linkage of disparate health survey files

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce that NCHS has updated the linkage of the 1994-2005 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to benefit history data from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The updated NHIS Linked SSA Files provide SSA benefit data through December 31, 2007.The linked files combine health and socio-demographic information from NHIS surveys with benefit information from SSA's Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit programs, resulting in unique population-based information resources that can be used to support a wide array of epidemiological, health services, and health policy research.

Due to confidentiality requirements, access to the NHIS Linked SSA Files is available only through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC). For more information on the updated NHIS Linked SSA files, please visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/data_linkage/ssa.htm

The NCHS RDC offers on-site and remote access capabilities. Interested researchers must submit an application to the NCHS RDC. For more information on the NCHS RDC  visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/rdc/

To assist researchers interested in accessing the restricted-use NHIS Linked SSA files, NCHS has created publicly available NHIS Linked SSA Feasibility Study data files that can be downloaded directly from the following website:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/data_linkage/ssa/ssa_feasibility.htm

The NHIS Linked SSA Feasibility Study data files provides information about which survey respondents have been successfully linked to SSA data and which types of benefit records will be available for each linked survey respondent.  This file should serve as a tool for researchers interested in assessing potential sample sizes and feasibility of pursuing a RDC application. It is important to note that the feasibility study
files do not contain any specific information about SSA benefits.

For more information on NCHS data linkage activities, visit:"

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/data_linkage_activities.htm

January 11, 2010 in Health Care/Long Term Care, Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Evidence Database to Support Aging Research


The New York Academy of Medicine's Social Work Leadership Institute has released a new evidence database to support aging research. This is an easy-to-use online database to help scholars, policy analysts, and advocates stay on top of the latest research and innovations in aging care, including health care, social services, and workforce issues.
 
The Evidence Database is regularly updated by a professional staff of contributors that filters, reviews, and catalogues articles published in professional journals both in the U.S. and abroad. An advisory committee of experts in gerontology, social work research, and database methods provides consultation and assistance in the selection of topics for inclusion in the database.  To view this database, visit: http://socialworkleadership.org/nsw/cap/search.php

October 28, 2009 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Census Bureau updates world population projections--elderly pop will triple by 2050

  The world’s 65-and-older population is projected to triple by midcentury, from 516 million in 2009 to 1.53 billion in 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In contrast, the population under 15 is expected to increase by only 6 percent during the same period, from 1.83 billion to 1.93 billion.

     In the United States, the population 65 and older will more than double by 2050, rising from 39 million today to 89 million. While children are projected to still outnumber the older population worldwide in 2050, the under 15 population in the United States is expected to fall below the older population by that date, increasing from 62 million today to 85 million.

     These figures come from the world population estimates and projections released today through the Census Bureau’s International Data Base. This latest update includes projections by age, including people 100 and older, for 227 countries and areas.

     Less than 8 percent of the world’s population is 65 and older. By 2030, the world’s population 65 and older is expected to reach 12 percent, and by 2050, that share is expected to grow to 16 percent.

     “This shift in the age structure of the world’s population poses challenges to society, families, businesses, health care providers and policymakers to meet the needs of aging individuals,” said Wan He, demographer in the Census Bureau’s Population Division.

     From 2009 to 2050, the world’s 85 and older population is projected to increase more than fivefold, from 40 million to 219 million. Because women generally live longer than men, they account for slightly more than half of the older population and represent nearly two-thirds of the 85 and older population.

     Europe likely will continue to be the oldest region in the world: by 2050, 29 percent of its total population is projected to be 65 and older. On the other hand, sub-Saharan Africa is expected to remain the youngest region as a result of relatively higher fertility and, in some nations, the impact of HIV/AIDS. Only 5 percent of Africa’s population is projected to be 65 and older in 2050.

     Countries experiencing relatively rapid declines in fertility combined with longer life spans will face increasingly older populations. These countries will see the highest growth rates in their older populations over the next 40 years.

     There are four countries with 20 percent or more of their population 65 and older: Germany, Italy, Japan and Monaco. By 2030, 55 countries are expected to have at least one-in-five of their total population in this age category; by 2050, the number of countries could rise to more than 100.

     Although China and India are the world’s most populous countries, their older populations do not represent large percentages of their total populations today. However, these countries do have the largest number of older people — 109 million and 62 million, respectively. Both countries are projected to undergo more rapid aging, and by 2050, will have about 350 million and 240 million people 65 and older, respectively.

     The International Data Base offers a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with populations of 5,000 or more. It provides information on population size and growth, age and sex composition, mortality, fertility and net migration.

Source:  US Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/international_population/013882.html

Related data:  Older Population in the US, http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/aging_population/013862.html

Population by Age and Sex, http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/aging_population/013863.html

June 25, 2009 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Census releases Facts for Features on Older Americans

It's always a good idea to brush up on the facts:

Older Americans Month: May 2009

 

A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute in some way to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

37.9 million
The number of people 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2007. This age group accounted for 13 percent of the total population. Between 2006 and 2007, this age group increased by 635,000 people.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html>

88.5 million
Projected population of people 65 and older in 2050. People in this age group would comprise 20 percent of the total population at that time.
Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012496.html>

518 million
Projected 2009 midyear world population 65 and older. Projections indicate the number will increase to 1.6 billion by 2050.  
Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb>

Income and Wealth

$28,305
Median 2007 income of households with householders 65 and older, statistically unchanged, in real terms, from the previous year.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/012528.html>

9.7%
Poverty rate for people 65 and older in 2007, statistically unchanged from 2006. There were 3.6 million seniors in poverty in 2007, up from 3.4 million in 2006. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/012528.html>

$190,100
Median net worth for families in 2004 whose head was between 65 and 74.    
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/> (Table 699)

Serving Our Nation

9 million
Estimated number of people 65 and older who were military veterans in 2007.    
Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

 

Jobs

5.8 million
Number of people 65 and older who were in the labor force in 2007. Projections indicate that by 2016, the number will reach 10.1 million.
   Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/> (Table 568)

15%
Percentage of people 65 and older in the labor force in 2007.    
Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

Education

74%
Proportion of people 65 and older in 2007 with at least a high school diploma.    
Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

 

19%
Percentage of the population 65 and older in 2007 who had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.    
Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

7.3 million
Number of people 66 and older taking adult education courses in 2004-05, comprising about 8 percent of these students.    
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/> (Table 294)

Marital Status and Living Arrangements

54%
Percentage of people 65 and older who were married in 2007.    
Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

31%
Percentage of people 65 and older in 2007 who were widowed.    
Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

65%
Percentage of people 65 and older in 2007 who lived with relatives. Another 27 percent lived alone, while 5 percent lived in group quarters and 2 percent in a household with nonrelatives. In addition, 6 percent lived in their children’s home.
Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

 

1.5 million
Number of people 65 and older who lived in nursing facilities in 2007. These residents comprised 4 percent of all people in this age group.
Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

Voting

78%
Percentage of citizens 65 and older registered to vote in the 2006 congressional election. Sixty-three percent of citizens in this age group reported actually casting a ballot.    
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2006
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/voting/012234.html>

Homeownership

80%
Percentage of householders 65 and older in 2007 who owned their homes. This compares with 42 percent for householders at the other end of the age spectrum — younger than 35.
Source: Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/hvs/hvs.html>

Population Distribution

Nation

73
The number of men 65 and older on July 1, 2007, for every 100 women in this age group. For those 85 and older, it drops to 48 men per 100 women.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html>

5.5 million
The number of people 85 and older in the United States on July 1, 2007.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html>

96,548
Estimated number of centenarians in the United States on Nov. 1, 2008.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/2007-nat-res.html>

601,000
Projected number of centenarians in the United States in 2050.  
Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012496.html>

States and Counties

4 million
Number of people 65 and older living in California on July 1, 2007, the highest total of any state. Florida, with 3.1 million, was the runner-up.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html>

17%
Percentage of Florida’s population 65 and older in 2007, which led the nation. States with the next-highest percentages of older people included West Virginia (15.5 percent) and Pennsylvania (15.2 percent).
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html>

32%
Percentage of the population of La Paz County, Ariz., that was 65 and older on July 1, 2007, which led the nation. There were 24 counties with at least one-quarter of their population 65 and older. Nine of those counties were in Florida, with four in Texas and three in Michigan.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012463.html>

Remember:  May is Older Americans Month.  What are you planning?

March 10, 2009 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Number of Americans With a Disability Reaches 54.4 Million

About one in five U.S. residents - 19 percent - reported some level of disability in 2005, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. These 54.4 million Americans are roughly equal to the combined total populations of California and Florida.

      Both the number and percentage of people with disabilities were higher than in 2002, the last time the Census Bureau collected such information. At that time, 51.2 million, or 18 percent, reported  a disability.

        Among those with a disability, 35 million, or 12 percent of the population, were classified as having a severe disability, according to Americans With Disabilities: 2005

      Nearly half (46 percent) of people age 21 to 64 with a disability were employed, compared with 84 percent of people in this age group without a disability. Among those with disabilities, 31 percent with severe disabilities and 75 percent with nonsevere disabilities were employed. People with difficulty hearing were more likely to be employed   than those with difficulty seeing (59 percent compared with 41 percent).

      A portion of people with disabilities — 11 million age 6 and older — needed personal assistance with everyday activities. These activities include such tasks as getting around     inside the home, taking a bath or shower, preparing meals and performing light     housework.  

Other important findings:

  • Among people 15 and older, 7.8 million (3 percent) had difficulty hearing a normal conversation, including 1 million being unable to hear at all.  Although not part of the definition of disability used in the report, 4.3 million people reported using a hearing aid.
  •     Roughly 3.3 million people, or 1 percent, age 15 and older used a wheelchair       or similar device, with 10.2 million, or 4 percent, using a cane, crutches or walker.    
  • Nearly 7.8 million people age 15 and older had difficulty seeing words or letters in ordinary newspaper print, including 1.8 million being completely unable to see.
  •     More than 16 million people had difficulty with cognitive, mental or emotional       functioning. This included 8.4 million with one or more problems that interfere       with daily activities, such as frequently being depressed or anxious, trouble       getting along with others, trouble concentrating and trouble coping with stress.    
  • The chances of having a disability increase with age: 18.1 million people 65 and older, or 52 percent, had a disability. Of this number, 12.9 million, or 37 percent, had a severe disability. For people 80 and older, the disability       rate was 71 percent, with 56 percent having a severe disability.   
  • Among people 16 to 64, 13.3 million, or 7 percent, reported difficulty finding a job or remaining employed because of a health-related condition.   
  • Among people 25 to 64 with a severe disability, 27 percent were in poverty,       compared with 12 percent for people with a nonsevere disability and 9 percent       for those without a disability.   
  • Median monthly earnings were $1,458 for people with a severe disability,  $2,250 for people with a nonsevere disability and $2,539 for those with no disability.   
  • Parents reported that 228,000 children under age 3, or 2 percent, had a disability. Specifically, they either had a developmental delay or difficulty moving their arms or legs. In addition, there were 475,000 children 3 to 5 years, or 4 percent, with a disability, which meant they had either a developmental delay or difficulty walking, running or playing. 
  • There were 4.7 million children 6 to 14, or 13 percent, with a disability.  The most prevalent type was difficulty doing regular schoolwork (2.5 million, or 7 percent).
   The Survey of Income and Program Participation produces national-level estimates for the U.S. resident population and subgroups, and allows for the observation of trends over time, particularly of selected characteristics such as income, eligibility for and participation in transfer programs, household and family composition, labor force behavior and other     associated events.

Source:  US Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/013041.html

December 23, 2008 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Census updates Older Worker Profile materials

The Census Bureau has recently updated its list of summary profiles of older workers in various states.  Profiles are available for twenty states   Find them here.

November 17, 2008 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

UN releases latest world aging population data on CD-ROM

World Population Ageing 2007 is a CD-ROM with the Population Division’s new estimates of population by age and includes information for the major areas, regions, and countries of the world. The CD-ROM contains a set of Excel tables with the data and a methodological note that describes the procedures used to obtain the estimates.

The deliberations during the last session of the Commission on Population and Development held in April 2008 dedicated to the theme “Spatial Distribution of the Population, Urbanization, Internal Migration and Development” and the discussions of the Expert Group Meeting on the same theme held in New York in January 2008, highlighted the need for more detailed and systematic data on the urban and rural populations throughout the world. The new information presented here makes a significant contribution in this regard, and should be of value for research and policy analyses of the spatial distribution of the population and of the trends in urbanization and their relationships with development.

Order form available at:  http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/WPA2007/WPA2007_CDorderform.pdf

June 10, 2008 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Upcoming: May 2008 is Older Americans Month

And in honor thereof, the Census Bureau has released its annual "state of the elderly" fact sheet:

A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute in some way to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

37.3 million
The number of people 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2006. This age group accounted for 12 percent of the total population. Between 2005 and 2006, this age group increased by 473,000 people.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/010048.html>

86.7 million
Projected population of people 65 and older in 2050. People in this age group would comprise 21 percent of the total population at that time.
Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/001720.html>

147%
Projected percentage increase in the 65-and-older population between 2000 and 2050. By comparison, the population as a whole would have increased by only 49 percent during the same period.
Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/001720.html>

506 million
Projected 2008 midyear world population 65 and older. Projections indicate the number will increase to 999 million by 2030.    
Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/>

$27,798
Median 2006 income of households with householders 65 and older, up 3.4 percent, in real terms, from the previous year.    
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/010583.html>

9.4%
Poverty rate for people 65 and older in 2006, down from 10.1 percent in 2005. There were 3.4 million seniors in poverty in 2006, a decline from 3.6 million in 2005.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/010583.html>

$190,100
Median net worth for families in 2004 whose head was between 65 and 74. For those whose head was 75 or older, the corresponding figure was $163,100.
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2008 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/> (Table 699)

9.1 million
Estimated number of people 65 and older who are military veterans.    
Source: 2006 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

5.5 million
Number of people 65 and older who were in the labor force in 2006. Projections indicate that by 2016, the number will reach 10.1 million.
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2008 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/> (Table 570)

23%
  Percentage of people 65 to 74 in the labor force in 2006, up from 20 percent in 2000.
  Source: 2006 American Community Survey at <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/010601.html>

Some of the highest rates were found in South Dakota, Nebraska and Washington, D.C., all with about one-third of people in this age group in the labor force. Among the 20 largest metro areas, Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of people in the labor force in this age group (31.8 percent). Others with high percentages include Boston (28.1 percent), Dallas-Fort Worth (27.9 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul (27.4 percent) and Houston (26.5 percent), none of which was statistically different from the other. Source: 2006 American Community Survey at
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/010601.html>

76%
  Proportion of people 65 and older in 2007 with at least a high school diploma.       
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2007 <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/011196.html>

19%
  Percentage of the population 65 and older in 2007 who had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.    
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2007 <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/011196.html>

7.3 million
  Number of people 66 and older taking adult education courses, comprising about 8 percent of these students.    
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2008 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/> (Table 298)

69,000
  Number of people 65 and older enrolled in high school or college in October 2005.    
Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2005
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/007909.html>

 

53%
  Percentage of people 65 and older who were married in 2006.       
Source: 2006 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

32%
  Percentage of people 65 and older in 2006 who were widowed.    
Source: 2006 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

64%
Percentage of people 65 and older in 2006 who lived with relatives. Another 27 percent lived alone, while 5 percent lived in group quarters and 2 percent in a household with nonrelatives. In addition, 6 percent lived in their children’s home, and 1 percent lived with unmarried partners.
Source: 2006 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

1.6 million
Number of people 65 and older who lived in nursing facilities in 2006. These residents comprised 4 percent of all people in this age group.
Source: 2006 American Community Survey <http://factfinder.census.gov/>

79%
  Percentage of citizens 65 and older registered to vote in the 2004 presidential election. Seventy-one percent of citizens in this age group reported actually casting a ballot.          Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/voting/004986.html>

19%
  In the 2004 presidential election, the percentage of votes cast by people 65 and older.
  Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004
  <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/voting/004986.html>

81%
Proportion of householders 65 and older in 2006 who owned their homes. This compares with 43 percent for householders at the other end of the age spectrum — younger than 35.
Source: Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/hvs/hvs.html>

11%
  Percentage of the nation’s business owners who are 65 and older.       Source: Characteristics of Business Owners: 2002
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/business_ownership/007537.html>

Nation

72
The number of men 65 and older on July 1, 2006, for every 100 women in this age group. For those 85 and older, it drops to 47 men per 100 women.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/010048.html>

5.3 million
  The number of people 85 and older in the United States on July 1, 2006.    
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/010048.html>

84,331
  Estimated number of centenarians in the United States on Nov. 1, 2007.    
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/2006_nat_res.html>

580,605
  Projected number of centenarians in the United States in 2040.    
Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/usinterimproj/>

States

3.9 million
Number of people 65 and older living in California on July 1, 2006, the highest total of any state. Florida, with 3 million, was the runner-up.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/010048.html>

17%
Percentage of Florida’s population 65 and older in 2006, which led the nation. Next to Florida, states with the highest percentages of older people include West Virginia (15.3 percent) and Pennsylvania (15.2 percent).
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/010048.html>

31.2%
Percentage of the population of Charlotte County, Fla., that was 65 and older on July 1, 2006, which led the nation. In fact, Florida contributed four of the top 10 counties.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/010482.html>

75%
Percentage of households with a householder 65 and older who owns a motor vehicle. About 3 percent of these households have three or more cars.
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2008 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/> (Table 964)

March 8, 2008 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

AoA updates annual "Profile of Older Americans"

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Benefits issues in the campaign? Just the fact, ma'am

Get answers (not spin) to your burning questions on health care, social security, and private pension benefits issues from the Employee Benefits Research Institute.

February 3, 2008 in Health Care/Long Term Care, Retirement, Social Security, Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Aging population threatens China's economy

hina's position as the world's major supplier of low-cost labour could be eroded by an ageing population, the authorities have warned.  There are six workers for each retiree in China, but that could narrow to two-to-one between 2030 and 2050, the National Committee on Ageing says.  Officials say the economy will suffer as there will be fewer people working and more older people to support.  China's low-cost labour has provided the base for its economic growth.  Improved living standards and strict family planning laws have contributed to the demographic change.  "We might encounter the heaviest burden especially after 2030, when the demographic dividend is set to end," Yan Qingchun, deputy director of the office of the ageing committee, told China Daily.  "With fewer people of working age and more pressure in supporting the elderly, the economy will suffer if productivity sees no major progress," he added.

Source:  BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7149330.stm

December 20, 2007 in Statistics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)