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Older Persons' Health

(Data are for the U.S.)

 

Population

  • Number of residents age 65 and over: 41.4 million (2011)

Source: Health, United States, 2012, table 1 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

 

Life expectancy

  • Men at 65 years: 17.7 years
  • Women at 65 years: 20.3 years

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2010, table 7 [PDF - 3.1 MB]

 

Health status

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over in fair or poor health: 24.7% (2011)

Source: Health, United States, 2012, table 50 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

  • 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

  • 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

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons who are obese (2007-2010)
    • Men age 65-74: 41.5%
    • Men age 75 and over: 26.6%
    • Women age 65-74: 40.3%
    • Women age 75 and over: 28.7%

Source: Health, United States, 2012, table 68 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

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

Source: Health, United States, 2012, table 45 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons with hypertension (2007-2010)
    • Men age 65-74 years: 64.1%
    • Men age 75 and over: 71.7%
    • Women age 65-74: 69.3%
    • Women age 75 and over: 81.3%

Source: Health, United States, 2012, table 64 [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)

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]

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]

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].

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]

Dental care

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons age 65 and over with a dental visit in the past year: 61.2% (2011)

Source: Health, United States, 2012, table 90 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Preventive care

  • 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

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

Source: Health, United States, 2012, table 82 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

 

Mortality

  • Number of deaths of persons age 65 and over: 1,798,276
  • Deaths per 100,000 population:
    • 65-74: 1,875.1
    • 75-84: 4,790.2
    • 85 and over: 13,934.3

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2010, tables 10, 11 [PDF - 3.1 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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