Elderly Population in the United States Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Elderly Population in the United States
Growth of aging population and geographical distribution. Also discusses impact of health problems, elder-care industry, Medicare.
# 10906 | 1,125 words | 4 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 15, 2003 in Sociology (General) , Aging (General)

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"Because of the significant decline in deaths due to heart disease in the United States, the number of people living to an advanced age has increased considerably. The 1990 census estimated that there were 31.2 elderly individuals in America, comprising 13 percent of the adult population (Crispell and Frey, 1993). Most of the available information about the distribution of the elderly in the United States comes from census data, since this is about the only time such statistics are collected for the nation as a whole.

In the last census for which figures are available (1990), more than one in four individuals over the age of 65 were found to be living by themselves, while more than 50 percent were the head of a household, or married to the head of a household. While the incomes of those aged between 65 and 74 years of age were..."

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