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Older Persons' Health

Data are for the U.S.

Population

  • Number of residents age 65 and over: 44.7 million (2013)

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 1 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Life expectancy

  • Men at 65 years: 17.9 years
  • Women at 65 years: 20.5 years

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2013, table 7 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

Fair or poor health

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over in fair or poor health: 23.1% (2013)

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 50 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Need help with personal care

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over who need help with personal care from other persons: 7.2%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 12.1 [PDF - 933 KB]

Smoking

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 8.8%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 8.3 [PDF - 933 KB]

Obesity

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons who are obese (2009-2012)
    • Men age 65-74: 36.4%
    • Men age 75 and over: 27.4%
    • Women age 65-74: 44.2%
    • Women age 75 and over: 29.8%

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 64 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Diabetes

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over with diabetes (physician-diagnosed and undiagnosed): 26.8% (2009-2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 44 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Hypertension

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication) (2009-2012)
    • Men age 65-74 years: 61.7%
    • Men age 75 and over: 75.1%
    • Women age 65-74: 66.7%
    • Women age 75 and over: 79.3%

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 60 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health care utilization: Ambulatory care

  • Number of visits (to physician offices, hospital outpatient and emergency departments) by persons age 65 and over: 298.4 million

Sources: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Summary Tables, table 3 [PDF - 382 KB]
National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Outpatient Department Summary Tables, table 2 [PDF - 330 KB]
National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Emergency Department Summary Tables, table 2 [PDF - 481 KB]
(data shown are based on summing estimates across these 3 tables)

Health care use: Hospital inpatient care

  • Number of discharges from nonfederal short-stay hospitals by persons age 65 and over: 13.6 million

Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2010 table, Number and rate of hospital discharges [PDF - 34 KB]

  • Average length of stay in nonfederal short-stay hospitals by persons age 65 and over: 5.5 days

Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2010 table, Average length of stay and days of care - Number and rate of discharges by sex and age [PDF - 38 KB]

Health care use: Percent of long-term care services users who are age 65 and over

  • Percent of adult day services center participants: 63.5% (2012)
  • Percent of home health agency patients: 82.4% (2011)
  • Percent of hospice patients: 94.5% (2011)
  • Percent of nursing home residents : 85.1% (2012)
  • Percent of residential care community residents: 93.3% (2012)

Source: Long-Term Care Services in the United States: 2013 Overview, table 4  [PDF - 378 KB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths of persons age 65 and over: 1,904,640
  • Deaths per 100,000 population:
    • 65-74: 1,802.1
    • 75-84: 4,648.1
    • 85 and over: 13,660.4

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2013, tables 10, 11 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

Leading causes of death of persons age 65 and over

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic lower respiratory disease

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2013, table 10 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

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