Friday, May 31, 2019

Check out the 2018 Profile of Older Americans

Yes, yes, we are almost half-way through 2019, but here is the 2018 Profile of Older Americans!   The Administration for Community Living (ACL) explains that "[t]he Profile of Older Americans is an annual summary of critical statistics related to the older population in the United States. Relying primarily on data offered by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Profile illustrates the shifting demographics of Americans age 65 and older. It includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving. The 2018 Profile also incorporates a new special section on emergency and disaster preparedness." You can access the 20 page profile as a pdf here or access the data in a spreadsheet here.  You can also access the data for prior years from the landing page.

The highlights reveal some interesting stats, including

Older women outnumber older men at 28.3 million older women to 22.6 million older men.

In 2017, 23% of persons age 65 and over were members of racial or ethnic minority populations--9% were African-Americans (not Hispanic), 4% were Asian (not Hispanic), 0.5% were American Indian and Alaska Native (not Hispanic), 0.1% were Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (not Hispanic), and 0.8% of persons 65 and older identified themselves as being of two or more races. Persons of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) represented 8% of the older population.

A larger percentage of older men are married as compared with older women---70% of men, 46% of women. In 2018, 32% older women were widows.

About 28% (14.3 million) of older persons lived alone (9.5 million women, 4.8 million men).

Among women age 75 and over, 44% lived alone.

Among adults age 75 and over, 42% report the television is their first source of emergency information as compared with 31% for the total population. The percentage of older adults receiving information from the internet (9%) is much lower than for the total population (31%).

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