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population statistics from the 2004 census

NATIONAL

Total U.S. Population

293,655,404

U.S. Population 65+

36,293,985 (12.4%)

U.S. Population 85+

4,859,631 (1.7%)

85+ in nursing homes

18.2%

85+ living w/ relatives

18.2%

85+ living w/ spouse

19.6%

85+ living alone

36%

85+ with dementia

25-40%1

85+ who will suffer from dementia as part of final phase

50%

85+ requiring long-term care

55%

65+ living in metropolitan areas (includes suburbs)

77%

65+ living in rural areas

23%2

 

NURSING HOME

Total Population

1.6 million

85+

770,000 (Roughly 45%)

85+ in NH w/ dementia

45%

1 Recommendations and Rationale, Screening for Dementia, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Dept of HHS

2 A Profile of Older Americans: 2004, Administration on Aging, US Dept of HHS

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posted nov. 21, 2006

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