Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Nursing and Allied Health: Statistics on Aging

Online Learning
mesh

 

Statistics on Aging and Older Persons Health

 

Life Expectancy at 65

  • Both sexes: 19.4 years
  • Men: 18.1 years
  • Women: 20.6 years

Source: United States Life Tables, 2017 table A pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

Fair or poor health

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons aged 65 and over in fair or poor health: 21.7% (2017)

Source:Health, United States, 2018, table 16 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Need help with personal care

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons aged 65 and over who need help with personal care from other persons: 7.0%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 12.1

Smoking Addiction

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons aged 65 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 8.5%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 8.3

Obesity

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons with obesity (2013-2016)
  • Men aged 65-74: 40.2%
  • Men aged 75 and over: 28.0%
  • Women aged 65-74: 43.5%
  • Women aged 75 and over: 32.7%

Source: Health, United States, 2018, table 26 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Hypertension

  • Percent of noninstitutionalized persons with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication) (2013-2016)
  • Men aged 65-74: 61.1%
  • Men aged 75 and over: 67.4%
  • Women aged 65-74: 67.4%
  • Women aged 75 and over: 78.7%

Source: Health, United States, 2018, table 22 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Percent of long-term care services users who are aged 65 and over

  • Percent of adult day services center participants: 62.5% (2016)
  • Percent of home health agency patients: 81.9% (2015)
  • Percent of hospice patients: 94.6% (2015)
  • Percent of nursing home residents : 83.5% (2016)
  • Percent of residential care community residents: 93.4% (2016)

Source: Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States, 2015-2016, Appendix III. Detailed Tables, table VIII pdf icon[PDF – 5.6 MB]

Morbidity and Mortality

  • Number of deaths of persons age 65 and over: 2,067,404
  • Deaths per 100,000 population:
    • 65-74: 1,790.9
    • 75-84: 4,472.6
    • 85 and over: 13,573.6

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, tables 6, 7 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

Leading causes of death among persons aged 65 and over

 

Visit Our Libraries

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Libraries    |   Watson Memorial Library   |  913 University Pkwy    | Natchitoches LA 71457
 

  |    Shreveport Education Center Library   |Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library    |    NSU Leesville Library 

   |  Prince Music Media Library