Across the U.S., there are around 1.4 million people living in nursing homes. Of those: 7.8% are 95 years old or older. 33.8% are 85-94 years old.
5% of older adults (aged 65+) live in a nursing home. Of these, about 50%of nursing home residents are 85 years old or older, 35% are between the ages of 75 and 84, and 15% are between 65 and 74 years of age. Most nursing home residents are admitted with more than one condition, most with three or more conditions.
A relatively small number of people (1.2 million) age 65 and older lived in nursing homes in 2018. However, the percentage increases dramatically with age, ranging from 1% for persons ages 65-74 to 2% for persons ages 75-84 and 7% for persons over age 85.
Only 4.5 percent (about 1.5 million) of older adults live in nursing homes and 2 percent (1 million) in assisted living facilities. The majority of older adults (93.5 percent, or 33.4 million) live in the community.
Across the board, the average stay in a nursing home is 835 days, according to the National Care Planning Council. (For residents who have been discharged- which includes those who received short-term rehab care- the average stay in a nursing home is 270 days, or 8.9 months.)
69 percent In 1990, women made up a greater share of older adults living alone (79 percent). But since then, the percentage of older women living alone has decreased from 38 percent to 32 percent, while the percentage of older men living alone has risen slightly from 15 percent to 18 percent.
A General overview At global level, the share of 80+ people rose from 0.6% in 1950 (15 million) to around 1.6% (110 million) in 2011, and it is expected to reach 4% (400 million) by 2050.
Social Security provides the largest share of aggregate income for units aged 65 or older. Aggregate income for the aged population comes largely from four sources. Social Security accounts for 33.2%, earnings for 32.2%, pensions for 20.9%, and asset income for 9.7%.
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In the U.S. the population age 65 and older numbered 54.1 million in 2019 (the most recent year for which data are available). They represented 16% of the population, more than one in every seven Americans.
In the past, the national average has been around two years. Today, the national average is closer to one year.