- By 2030, nearly one in five Americans—71.5
million people—will be over age 65.
- Today, there are more than 35 million
Americans age 65 or above—a tenfold increase in the 65 and over population
since 1900. Over the next 25 years, that number
will double, and one in every five Americans will be age 65 or older.
- Contrary to popular belief, only a small
minority move to warmer climates upon retirement. Fewer than 5 percent of the
65 and over population reside in nursing
homes. Instead, most Americans choose to age in place, within the same
communities where they have long lived.
- Homeownership rates among adults age 65
and above, at more than 80 percent, are higher than the national average.
- One in every four renters age 50 and above
pays 50 percent or more of annual income on rent.
- The average annual cost per patient of
nursing home care is more than $60,000.
- Only 3 percent of all trips taken by
Americans age 65 and above are by bus or train.
- 55 percent of Americans say they would
prefer to walk more and drive less.
- Individuals with health impairments or
disabilities often have difficulty using fixed-route transit systems, because of
factors such as poor pedestrian accessibility or
the lack of accessible design features at buses and rail stations.
- One in five Americans age 65 and above
does not drive.
and Supportive Services Facts
- One in five older Americans does not know
who to call for information about local services in their community.
- Low-income areas typically have one-third
fewer grocery stores than middle and high-income neighborhoods.
- Older volunteers in one intergenerational
program reported higher activity levels, increased strength, and a bigger
and Lifelong Learning Facts
- During the next 25 years, the older Latino
population will grow four-fold, from 2 million today to 8 million in 2030. The
older Asian population will grow from 1 million
to 4 million. In areas in states with high immigrant populations, such as
Florida and Texas, the growth will be even more
- Older adults participating in weekly arts
programs reported better health, fewer doctor visits, and less medication
- Only 1 in 3 older adults today has access
to the Internet.
- More than one-third of older adults
interviewed in a national survey identify crime as a problem in their
- In a national survey by the AdvantAge
Initiative, 34 percent of older adults report crime as a problem in their
- Crime is the top problem reported by
African-American and Hispanic older adults.
It is estimated that 1 to 2 million
Americans age 65 and above have suffered elder abuse; however, detecting and
preventing elder abuse is inherently difficult.
victims are isolated and do not know where to turn for redress. For every one
case of elder abuse that is documented,
approximately five cases go unreported.
Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities Facts
- Research has shown that older adults
prefer working with children and youth more than any other volunteer activity.
- Young people who participate in intergenerational
programs show measurable improvements in school attendance and attitudes toward school.