Did you know that from 2005 to 2015, the number of people age 65 and over grew by more than 11 million (an increase of over 30%), and that those age 85 and over are expected to triple between 2015 and 2040. In fact, we’ve reached the point where about one in every seven is considered an “older American.” And did you know that those reaching age 65 today can expect (statistically) to live an additional 19.4 years (20.6 for females and 18.0 for males, or that there are now nearly 77,000 people over the age of 100 in the population? Older women, by the way, outnumber older men by about 21%.

Fascinating information, right? Well, there’s a lot more where that came from, and it’s readily obtainable via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living report titled “A Profile of Older Americans: 2016.” the 18-page document is based on data from the  U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and, while not necessarily updated for 2017, nevertheless provides an excellent snapshot of where are country is relative to the concept of aging. If you’re interested, the detail report is available for download here


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