A Profile of Older Americans: 2008
Over half (55.3%) the older noninstitutionalized persons lived with their spouse in 2007. Approximately 11.2 million or 72.8% of older men, and 8.7 million or 42.2% of older women, lived with their spouse (Figure 3). The proportion living with their spouse decreased with age, especially for women. Only 30.1% of women 75+ years old lived with a spouse.
About 30.2% (10.9 million) of all noninstitutionalized older persons in 2007 lived alone (7.9 million women, 2.9 million men). They represented 38.6 of older women and 19.0% of older men. The proportion living alone increases with advanced age. Among women aged 75 and over, for example, half (49%) lived alone.
While a relatively small number (1.57 million) and percentage (4.4%) of the 65+ population in 2007 lived in institutional settings such as nursing homes, the percentage increases dramatically with age, ranging from 1.3% for persons 65-74 years to 4.1% for persons 75-84 years and 15.1% for persons 85+. In addition, approximately 2%-5% (depending on the definition) of the elderly lived in senior housing with at least one supportive service available to their residents.
Figure 3: Living Arrangements of Persons 65+, 2008
(Based on data from the Bureau of the Census including the 2007 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement and the 2007 American Community Survey. See: March 2008 Current Population Survey Internet releases, Detailed Tables and unpublished data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.)
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