- 35.6 million people had dementia in 2011; this number will almost double by 2030.
- 61.6 million Americans are caregivers, as of 2011.
- In 2010, Japan spent 29.5% of its Federal budget on Social Security, Healthcare and other senior related programs for its growing elderly population.
- In 2012, 25% of American seniors counted on Social Security for more than 90% of their income.
- In 2009, 42 million unpaid caregivers provided services to their elderly family members, worth an estimated $450 billion.
- By 2050, there will be 27 million Americans age 80+, three times more than today. There will be 3 caregivers for each 80+ person, less than half of today’s number.
- 76% of women older than 84 are widows.
- Between the 2000 and 2013 the number of deaths from falling has doubled. The CDC claims that falls cost the health system $30 billion annually. Many examples are cited in the article of very famous people (Bush, Clinton, Sotomayor) who have very recently fallen, with major consequences to their health and work.
Sources: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Wall Street Journal, Medicare.