Why Does it Matter?
- The average life expectancy for persons 65+ is 84.3 years old.
- More than 20% of persons 65+ are minorities.
- Almost half of older women (46%) age 75+ live alone.
- Over 535,000 grandparents 65+ are primary caretakers for their grandchildren.
- A major source of income for older adults (86%) is Social Security.
- Over 4.2 million (9.5%) of older adults live below the poverty level.
And the number one reason to learn more about caring for the aging population is . . .
The population 65 and older in the U.S. has increased from 35.9 million in 2003 to 44.7 million in 2013 (a 24.7% increase) and is projected to more than double to 98 million in 2060.
We hope you take advantage of the online distance education opportunities offered by our Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology and move towards improving your knowledge about the aging population!
For more information, e-mail Michelle Myers or call her at 614-685-5672.