Census finds seniors living well past 90
November 17, 2011
According to the most recent census, the number of Americans living past 90 is growing, and will continue to well into the future, The Associated Press reports.
The first census that included this age bracket was back in 1980 and since then, the number of people surpassing 90 has tripled – to 1.9 million. The source reports that this is one of the fastest growing groups in the nation and is expected to jump to 8 million by 2050, at which time people who are older than 90 will account for 2 percent of the U.S. population.
A century ago, there were only 100,000 people recorded as being 90 or older.
Although people are undoubtedly living longer, it is not without problems. The census found that the majority of seniors in this bracket suffered from at least one disability.
Not only are more seniors living longer, but many are also choosing to age in place. Caregivers worried about an aging parent living on their own may want to install a medical alert system in their houses. This wearable device allows a senior to call for help in the instance of an emergency situation.