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Older Persons' Health

Data are for the U.S.

Life expectancy

  • Both sexes at 65 years: 19.3 years
  • 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: 21.7% (2014)

Source: Health, United States, 2015, table 45 [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: 6.5%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 12.1 [PDF - 1.1 MB]

Smoking

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 8.5%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 8.3 [PDF - 1.1 MB]

Obesity

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons with obesity (2011-2014)
    • Men age 65-74: 36.2%
    • Men age 75 and over: 26.8%
    • Women age 65-74: 40.7%
    • Women age 75 and over: 30.5%

Source: Health, United States, 2015, table 58 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Hypertension

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication) (2011-2014)
    • Men age 65-74 years: 63.4%
    • Men age 75 and over: 72.3%
    • Women age 65-74: 64.3%
    • Women age 75 and over: 79.9%

Source: Health, United States, 2015, table 54[PDF - 9.8 MB]

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

  • Percent of adult day services center participants: 63.7% (2014)
  • Percent of home health agency patients: 82.6% (2013)
  • Percent of hospice patients: 94.4% (2013)
  • Percent of nursing home residents : 84.9% (2014)
  • Percent of residential care community residents: 92.9% (2014)

Source: Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States: Data From the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2013-2014, table 4 [PDF - 5.6 MB]

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: Health, United States, 2015, table 20 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

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