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Older Persons' Health

Data are for the U.S.

Population

  • Number of residents age 65 and over: 43.1 million (2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 1 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Life expectancy

  • Men at 65 years: 17.8 years
  • Women at 65 years: 20.3 years

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2011, table 7 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

Health status

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over in fair or poor health: 22.7% (2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 52 [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: 6.4%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 12.1

Health risk factors: Smoking

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 8.9%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, data tables for figure 8.3

Health risk factors: 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, 2013, table 69 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health risk factors: Diabetes

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over with diabetes (physician-diagnosed and undiagnosed): 28.5% (2007-2010)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 46 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health risk factors: Hypertension

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons with hypertension (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, 2013, table 65 [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 utilization: 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]

Health care utilization: Length of stay

  • 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 utilization: Nursing home care

  • Number of nursing home residents age 65 and over: 1.3 million
  • Nursing home residents per 10,000 persons age 65 and over:  363

Source: The National Nursing Home Survey: 2004 Overview, table 5 [PDF - 2.7 MB]

Health care utilization: Home health care

  • Current patients age 65 and over: 1.0 million (2007)

Source: Home Health Care and Discharged Hospice Care Patients: United States, 2000 and 2007, table 1 [PDF - 430 KB].

Health care utilization: Hospice care

  • Hospice care discharges age 65 and over: 868,100 (2007)

Source: Home Health Care and Discharged Hospice Care Patients: United States, 2000 and 2007, table 5 [PDF - 430 KB]

Health care utilization: Dental care

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over with a dental visit in the past year: 61.8% (2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 91 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health care utilization: Vaccination

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over who ever had a pneumococcal vaccination: 59.9%
  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over who had an influenza vaccination in the past 12 months: 66.5%

Source: Early Release of Selected Estimates based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, table 4.1b, data table for figure 5.1

Health care utilization: Mammograms

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized women age 65 and over who had a mammogram in the past 2 years: 64.4% (2010)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 83 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths of persons age 65 and over: 1,831,822
  • Deaths per 100,000 population:
    • 65-74: 1,846.2
    • 75-84: 4,753.0
    • 85 and over: 13,779.3

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2011, 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: Leading Causes for 2010, table 1 [PDF - 4.2 MB]

 

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