Gero: Aging Classifications and Statistics

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Life Span
The total number of years that a human is likely to live or has lived.
Current life span
115-130
Life Expectancy
- the probable number of years that a person will live after a given age. It may be additionally qualified by other charactericists such as race, gender, sex, age, or condition. ect.
Average Life Expectancy
78.1
Young Old
65-74
Old or middle old
75-84
Old Old
85 and older
Nonagenarian
90-99
Centenarian
100-109 (only 1 in 10,000 people in developed countries reach this mark)
Super Centenarian/Chronologicly Gifted
110 and older
Functional Age
the ability to perform ADLs. A more essential measure of age than chronological age.
Chronological Age
one's age in number of years
Frail elderly
people with health problems that make them particularly vulnerable to multiple losses of a physical, mental, and socioeconomic nature
Fastest growing segment of the population
85 and older
Country with longest life expectancy
Japan (81.5 years)
percentage of the U.S. population 65 and older
12.4% (35.1 million)
projected percantage of the U.S. population 65 and older by 2030
Class Notes: 21% (86.7 million) Book: 20% (72 million)
Martial Status of 65 and older
More men are married than women (59-78% compaired to 14-56%)
Widowed of 65 and older
More women are widowed (29-78%) than men (9-35%)
Living alone
More women live alone (39.7%) than men (18.8%)
Living with spouse
More men live with spouse (71.2%) than women (41.1%).
Ethnic women
Asian, Black, and Hispanic women are much more likely to live with other relatives (35.8, 33.5 and 36.0 respectively)
Ethnic men
Asian and Hispanic men are more likely to live with other relatives than white or black men.
Current growth rate of 65 and older
81%
Projected growth rate of 65 and older
217%
racial/ethnic group is growing and expected to grow the fastest over the next 25-30 years?
Hispanic-Americans at a rate of 322%
Percentage of elderly with a high school eduication in 1950
18%
Percentage of elderly with a high school eduication in 2000
70%
Percentage of elderly living in poverty in 1967
30%
Percentage of elderly living in poverty in 2003
10.2%