Monday, September 7, 2015
A recent report put out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living highlights some of the rapidly changing statistics for elderly Americans. The over 65 age group currently stands at about 44.7 million comprising 14.1% of the total U.S. population. The number of Americans who are over the age of 65 has increased by 8.8 million or 24.7% since 2003. The percentage of Americans over 65 has more than tripled since the year 1900 when it was only 4.1% of the U.S. population. People over the age of 65 are also now living longer. These statistics are important because they bring attention to the changing age demographics that the United States is facing.
See Administration on Aging, The Older Population, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Community Living, September 6, 2015.