America’s Population Is Aging Rapidly: Nearly One In Every Seven, Or Almost 15 Percent Of Our Population, Is 65+

Older Adults Are Ethnically Diverse:

Older Adults Are A Resource For Their Families:

  • Older adults are increasingly serving as unpaid caregivers for family members.
  • More than one-third of the approximately 65 million Americans who are providing care for aging parents or a disabled family member are between the ages of 50 and 64.
  • 2.6 million grandparents are responsible for raising their grandchildren.

Older Adults Are A Resource For Their Communities:

Older Adults Care About Their Communities And Their Country:

Yet Some Older Adults Need Help:

  • Nearly 9 percent of older adults live in poverty.
  • 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic disease; 77 percent have at least two. Chronic diseases account for 75 percent of our nation’s health care costs, and 95 percent of health care costs for older adults.
  • One in 10 older adults who live at home are subject to elder abuse, including physical abuse, psychological or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect.

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