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  1. Only 3.6% of people over 65 years old are in nursing homes. Elderly men are likely to live with a spouse while elderly women are more likely to live alone.
  2. 4 in 5 older adults will battle at least one chronic condition or illness such as heart disorders, arthritis, or osteoporosis. 50% will battle at least two.
  3. By age 75, about 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women don't get ANY physical activity. You can keep seniors fit by hosting a dance class at your local senior center! Sign up for Dancing With the Seniors.
  4. While fatal crash rates increase starting at age 75, older drivers' crash rates have fallen faster than the crash rates of middle-aged drivers. One of the reasons is that older drivers tend to limit their driving during bad weather and at night.
  5. The ratio of women to men over 65 years old is 100 to 76. The ratio of women to men over 85 years old is 100 to 49.

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  1. 99% of people over 65 years old have health insurance, with 93% having government-sponsored Medicare.
  2. According to data compiled by the Social Security Administration, a man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 84.3. A woman turning age 65 today can expect to live 86.6.
  3. People over 75 years old visit the doctor 3 times more often than people 22 to 44 years old.
  4. Elderly people occupy over 1/3 of all federally subsidized housing.
  5. An estimated 1 in 10 senior citizens are victims of elder abuse, the intentional acts by a caregiver that lead to physical, psychological, or emotional harm.
  6. US poverty rates are highest for people 65 and older, with 10.5% living in poverty. There are also sharp racial differences in the data: the rates are at least 3 times higher for Hispanics and African-Americans ages 65+ than for whites 65+.

Sources

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    Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "A Profile of Older Americans: 2012."

  • 2

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - Healthy Aging - Helping People To Live Long and Productive Lives and Enjoy a Good Quality Of Life."

  • 3

    Surgeon General, “Physical Activity and Health: Older Adults,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, accessed February 4, 2014

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    Insurance Institute for Highways Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. "Changing mix: Despite worries, aging population won't push up nation's crash rate." Status Report, Vol. 47, No. 9. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/statusreport/article/47/9/1. Nov 20, 2012 (accessed Nov 4, 2014)

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    Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "A Profile of Older Americans: 2012." http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2012/docs/2012profile.pdf (accessed Nov 4, 2014).

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    Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "A Profile of Older Americans: 2012." http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2012/docs/2012profile.pdf (accessed Nov 4, 2014).

  • 7

    U.S. Social Security Administration. "Calculators: Life Expectancy." http://www.ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.htm (accessed Nov 4, 2014).

  • 8

    Shiman, David. "Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective - Facts About the Elderly Population in the United States." University of Minnesota, Human Rights Resource Center. http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/tb1b/Section2/activity6h1.html (accessed Nov 4, 2014).

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    Shiman, David. "Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective - Facts About the Elderly Population in the United States." University of Minnesota, Human Rights Resource Center. http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/tb1b/Section2/activity6h1.html (accessed Nov 4, 2014).

  • 10

    Assisted Living Federation of America. "Elder Abuse Facts." http://www.alfa.org/Document.asp?DocID=261 (accessed Nov 4, 2014).

  • 11

    Banerjee, Sudipto. "More Americans Are Entering Poverty as They Age." PBS, Next Avenue. Feb 26, 2013 (accessed Nov 4, 2014).

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