Monday, July 14, 2014

U.S. Census Report: 65+ in the United States: 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau has recently published an update of the 65+ in the United States: 2010 report. This report uses information from the 2010 Census; nationally representative surveys such as the Current Population Survey, the American Community Survey, and National Health Interview Survey; the national vital statistics system; and recent population projections for the United States and other countries. This report covers population statistics, health and long-term care, economic characteristics, geographic distribution, and social trends in the 65+ population.
Here are some highlights from the report:
  • excessive alcohol consumption and rates of smoking have decreased in the 65+ age group
  • the percentage of people overweight or obese has increased in this age group
  • Alzheimer’s disease was the fifth leading cause of death among the older population in 2010
  • The average cost of a private room in a nursing home was $83,585 per year in 2010
  • In 2006, Medicaid paid for 43 percent of long-term care. 
 Here are some bar charts from the study:

You can download the entire report here.

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