Older Adults

  • Barry Edelstein
  • Lesley Koven
  • Adam Spira
  • Andrea Shreve-Neiger

Abstract

In 1999 there were 34.5 million adults aged 65 years or older in the United States (Administration on Aging, 2000). This group constituted 12.7% of the entire U.S. population. Older adults are also getting older, with individuals having a life expectancy of an additional 17.8 years once they reach the age of 65. The number of older adults is increasing at a higher rate than individuals under the age of 65. By 2030 we will have twice the number of older adults as we did in 1999, and they will represent 20% of the U.S. population.

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  • Barry Edelstein
    • 1
  • Lesley Koven
    • 1
  • Adam Spira
    • 1
  • Andrea Shreve-Neiger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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