A few fast facts about the over-age-65 crowd in the country, state, and county:
● In 2008, the most recent figures, 38.9 million Americans were over age 65.
● 1 out of every 8 Americans -- 12.8% of the population -- is over age 65.
● In Indiana in 2008, there were 815,000 Hoosiers over age 65 (approximately 13%).
● Delaware County had a total of 16,811 residents over age 65, or approximately 15% of the
● The average life expectancy for men in the U.S. is 82.1 years, and for women is 84.8 years.
Sources: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Aging, Profile of Older Americans; Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Hoosiers by the Numbers
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