We have access to a bevy of statistics about people above age 65.
They comprise one in every eight people in the United States, or 12.8% of the population. The number has increased by 4.5 million since 1998. They can expect to living longer than ever before, thus the older population itself is getting older. Agingstats.gov reports the percentage of American above 65 has tripled, from 4.1% in 1990, to 12.8 % in 2008. That year, the latest year fro which there are statistics, the 65-74 age group was more than nine times larger than in 1990. The 75-84 group was 17 times larger. The group of seniors above 85 years was 47 times larger than it was in 1990. There were 92,127 persons aged 100 or more in 2008. This is a 147% increase from the 1990 figure of 37,306.
Simply stated, our seniors are a growing and valuable segment of the population. They have access to improved health care and resources to help them live longer and better lives--but there are challenges too. Seniors may find they need increased workforce training or access to other seniors facing the same health and emotional challenges that come with aging.
Reaching out to other to get support is as easy as looking at the resources on the next page.