Older Amer­i­cans Month: May 2017

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Af­ter a meet­ing with the Na­tional Coun­cil of Se­nior Cit­i­zens, Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy encouraged all Amer­i­cans to pay tribute to older peo­ple across the coun­try by des­ig­nat­ing May 1963 as Se­nior Cit­i­zens Month. Ev­ery pres­i­dent since has is­sued a for­mal procla­ma­tion dur­ing or be­fore the month of May in sup­port of older Amer­i­cans. In 1980, Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter is­sued a procla­ma­tion chang­ing the name of this ob­ser­vance to Older Amer­i­cans Month. This month con­tin­ues to be a time to cel­e­brate the age 65 and older pop­u­la­tion through cer­e­monies, events and pub­lic recog­ni­tion.

Pop­u­la­tion

47.8 mil­lion The num­ber of peo­ple age 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2015. This group ac­counted for 14.9 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion. The age 65 and older pop­u­la­tion grew 1.6 mil­lion from 2014. 98.2 mil­lion The pro­jected pop­u­la­tion of peo­ple age 65 and older in 2060. Peo­ple in this age group will com­prise nearly one in four U.S. res­i­dents. Of this num­ber, 19.7 mil­lion will be age 85 or older.

In­come and Poverty

$38,515 The me­dian in­come of house­holds with house­hold­ers age 65 and older in 2015.

8.8 per­cent

The per­cent­age of peo­ple age 65 and older in poverty in 2015, down from 10.0 per­cent in 2014. $170,516 The me­dian net worth for house­hold­ers age 65 and older in 2011. 13.7 per­cent The sup­ple­men­tal poverty rate for those age 65 or older, equat­ing to 6.5 mil­lion peo­ple in 2015. Ex­clud­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity from in­come would more than triple the poverty rate for this group.

Serv­ing Our Na­tion

9.3 mil­lion The es­ti­mated num­ber of U.S. vet­er­ans age 65 and older in 2015.

Jobs

4.6 mil­lion The num­ber of men age 65 and older in the la­bor force in 2015. There were 3.7 mil­lion women age 65 and older in the la­bor force in 2015. 5.3 mil­lion The num­ber of full-time, year-round work­ers age 65 and older with earn­ings in 2015.

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