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Report Details Status of Older Americans

In 2010, 40 million people age 65 and over accounted for 13 percent of the U.S. population. In 2030, the number of older Americans is expected to grow to 72 million, representing nearly 20 percent of the population, according to a recent report by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. The 176-page report provides a broad description of areas, including population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care, affecting older Americans. For example, obesity, a major cause of preventable disease and premature death, is increasing among elderly people. The percentage of older people who received hospice care in the last 30 days of life increased from 19 percent in 1999 to 43 percent in 2009. The percentage of older Americans who died in hospitals dropped from 49 percent in 1999 to 32 percent in 2009. The percentage who died at home increased from 15 percent in 1999 to 24 percent in 2009. The report, Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being, is available at