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The “older population” is defined as:. 65 years old or older. In 2006, the older population numbered _____; an increase of ______ or ____% since 1996. 37.3 million 3.4 million increase 10% increase. About 1 in every _____ Americans (or ____%) is an older American. 8 12.4%.

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  • 37.3 million

  • 3.4 million increase

  • 10% increase



  • 21.6 million older women

  • 15.7 million older men

  • female : male 138:100


  • 19.0% minorities

  • 8.3% black

  • 6.4% Hispanic

  • 3.1% Asian

  • less than 1% Indian / Eskimo

  • 0.6% reported multiple races


  • 77.9

  • 30


  • 18.7 (average)

  • 20.0 (female)

  • 17.1 (male)


  • increase due to baby boomers becoming older Americans

  • 40 million (2010)

  • 55 million (2020)

  • 71.5 million (2030)



  • 4.4% or 1.62 million

  • increases dramatically

    • 65-74: 1.3%

    • 75-84: 4.4%

    • 85+ : 15.4%


  • 9

  • Arizona—States are:

    • California

    • Florida

    • New York

    • Texas

    • Pennsylvania

    • Illinois

    • Ohio

    • Michigan

    • New Jersey


  • less

  • 17.5%


  • $39,649

  • $23,500

  • $13,603


  • 3.4 million (9.4%)

  • 2.2 million (6.2%)

  • Older women had a higher poverty rate (11.5%) than older men (6.6%)

  • Whites had lower poverty rate than blacks, Asians or Hispanics

  • The highest poverty rate is among Hispanic women


  • hypertension (48%)

  • arthritis (47%)

  • heart disease (29%)

  • cancer (20%)

  • diabetes (16%)

  • sinusitis (14%)


  • 94 (almost all)

  • 49% (almost half)


  • Elderly Body Composition: covered by Medicare

    • Intracellular water is _____

    • Thirst is _____

    • Total body water is _____

    • These people are predisposed to _____.

  • decreased

  • decreased

  • dehydration


  • Decreases

  • Increases

  • Pear

  • Less risk of hypertension, stroke & coronary heart disease


  • Elderly Senses covered by Medicare

    • Hearing _____ with age

    • Taste & smell _____ with age

    • Touch & pain perception _____ with age

  • decreases

  • decreases

  • decreases


  • Elderly Stature & Posture covered by Medicare

    • Older people become _____ because of changes in the vertebral column. Called _____.

    • _____ is an exaggeration of thoracic curvature.

  • shorter

  • kyphosis

  • dowager’s hump


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