15.4% of New Yorkers Now Age 65+; Number of Persons in USA 100+ Rises to Almost 82,000

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Michael Burgess

In two months, I will join over 3 million New Yorkers who are 65 and older.  The number was  3,032,000 and 15.4% of the state’s population, according to the 2017 Profile of Older Americans, released by the federal Administration on Aging and  the Administration on Community Living.  The increase over a ten year period from 2006-2016 was 21.8%.   Florida has the highest percentage of persons 65+ at 19.9%.

Some of the findings of the new profile are:

• Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.4 years (20.6 years for females and 18 years for males).

Over the past 10 years, the population age 65 and over increased from 37.2 million in 2006 to 49.2 million in 2016 (a 33% increase) and is projected to almost double to 98 million in 2060.

• Between 2006 and 2016 the population age 60 and over increased 36% from 50.7 million to 68.7 million.

• The 85 and over population is projected to more than double from 6.4 million in 2016 to 14.6 million in 2040 (a 129% increase).

• Racial and ethnic minority populations have increased from 6.9 million in 2006 (19% of the older adult population) to 11.1 million in 2016 (23% of older adults) and are projected to increase to 21.1 million in 2030 (28% of older adults).

• The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach age 65 over the next two decades – increased by 12% between 2006 and 2016.

• About one in every seven, or 15.2%, of the population is an older American.

• There were 81,896 persons age 100 and over in 2016 (0.2% of the total age 65 and over population.  In 1980 there were 32,184.

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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