Facts & Figures

The US Population: 65 years and older

Currently, one in eight adults is over the age of 65.

  • In 2011, this was 41.4 million people, an increase of 6.3 million or 18% since 2000
  • The fastest growing age group is those 85 and older, many of whom will require help and support from family members and friends.

About 10,000 adults turn 65 every day.

  • The oldest members of the Baby Boomer generation turned 65 in 2011.
  • 26% of the total U.S. population are Baby Boomers

By 2030, one in five adults will be over the age of 65.

  • This is projected to be 72 million people in 2030, or 20% of the total U.S. population.
  • All members of the Baby Boomer generation will be 65 or older.

Their Health Status:  65 and older

More than 50% of older adults have three or more chronic diseases.

  • From 2009-2011, the top chronic diseases in the 65+ population were:
    • arthritis (diagnosed)
    • all types of heart disease
    • any cancer
    • diabetes (diagnosed)
    • hypertension

 The Caregivers

An estimated 43.5 million people are informal (unpaid) caregivers of an adult age 50+.

  • 80% of care received by older adults is provided by family or friends.
  • More caregivers are women (61%) than men (39%).
  • 42% of caregivers are age 50 or older.
  • On average, caregivers provide 21 hours of care per week.

The average age of older care recipients is 75 years.

 The Healthcare Professionals

Currently, there are an estimated 3.6 geriatricians for every 10,000 older adults.

  • In 2045, this drops to 1 geriatrician for every 10,000 older adults.
  • Geriatricians are among the lowest paid of the medical specialists but spend the most amount of time with patients.

The above information was gathered from various sources, including AARP, Administration on Aging, American Geriatrics Society, National Alliance for Caregiving, and Pew Research Center.