Administration on Aging
This year’s Older Americans Month theme — Age Strong! Live Long! — recognizes the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span three generations. They have lived through wars and hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity.
- The older population (65+) numbered 38.9 million in 2008, an increase of 4.5 million or 13.0% since 1998
- The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 31% during this decade
- Over one in every eight, or 12.8%, of the population is an older American
- Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years (19.8 years for females and 17.1 years for males)