From the National Center for Health Statistics:
New Web Database: Learn More about Aging on the New Data and Statistics Web Site
Direct to Data and Statistics on Older Americans (via CDC/National Center for Health Statistics)
Issues related to aging Americans are increasingly important and will continue to be a factor in our nation’s health. CDC’s new Aging Data and Statistics Web page brings together many information sources on the health of the growing population of older adults in the United States with the aim of improving accessibility to information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of all Americans.
Today there are over 37 million people age 65 and over, and that number is expected to rise to more than 70 million by 2030.
Current statistics reveal that Americans are living longer than ever before. In 1900, life expectancy was approximately 47 years. Americans born in 2007 can expect to live, on average, to age 78. Among people who survive to age 65, the average woman lives another 20 years while the average man lives an additional 17 years.