Agency releases latest ‘Profile of Older Americans”

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging has released the 2009 version of “A Profile of Older Americans” (PDF), a summary of data taken from the Census and NCHS. olderThis year’s version focuses heavily on the demographic’s growth, but includes something for everyone.

Skip to page 3 if you’re just looking for the ever-popular list of interesting numbers related to the 65-and-over set, or check the following page for the narrative version. Highlights include a map marking states based on “Persons 65+ as a percentage of total population” (it’s lowest in Alaska and Utah and increasing rapidly throughout the Mountain West), state-by-state 65+ population numbers, and health insurance coverage numbers.

You’ll even find numbers on poverty, caregivers and breakdowns of the numbers of elderly Americans who are limited in walking, eating, bathing, dressing, etc.

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