Older Adults Are Ethnically Diverse:
- Today, more than one out of five adults age 65+ is a person of color. This figure will more than double by 2050.
- By 2019, the Hispanic population aged 65 and older is projected to be the largest racial/ethnic minority in this age group.
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 Americans are more educated than ever. Almost 83 percent of older adults have completed high school or higher education.
- The majority of older Americans are in good health. Nearly three-quarters of adults age 65-74 report being in good health, with 25 percent of those 65+ reporting they are in very good or excellent health.
Older Adults Care About Their Communities And Their Country:
- Older adults make valuable contributions by volunteering. About one out of four adults age 55+ volunteers in their community.
- Americans are staying in the workforce longer. In 2016, more than 18 percent of people 65+ were still in the labor force.
- Older adults vote. 71 percent of citizens 65 and older reported casting a ballot in the 2016 presidential election.
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.