In the United States, the 2010 census recorded the greatest number and proportion of people age 65 and older in decennial census history: 40.3 million, or 13 percent of the population, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse.
This “Boomer Generation” effect will continue for decades, the NCEA reports. Between 2012 and 2050, the United States will experience considerable growth in its older population.
“In 2050, those aged 65 and over is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double the estimated population of 43.1 million in 2012. The number of people in the oldest old age group, which refers to those aged 85 and over, is projected to grow from 5.9 million in 2012 to 8.9 million in 2030. In 2050, this group is projected to reach 18 million,” according to the NCEA.
“Older women outnumber older men. In 2010, there were 89 men per 100 women among those aged 65 to 69 and 38 men per 100 women among those aged 90 and over. In numerical terms, women outnumbered men by 0.7 million (700,000) among those aged 65 to 69, by 1.0 million among those aged 75 to 79, and by 1.9 million among those aged 85 and over,” the NCEA said.