If you like numbers, check out this article in the New York Times: Old Age in America, by the Numbers.
Compiled from the report Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being at agingstats.gov, the NYT article pulls out highlights of the state of older America, such as:
- In 2008, 13% (39 million) of the people in the US were aged 65 or older - by 2030, that number will rise to 20% of the population (79 million)
- Older men (over 85) committed suicide 14 times more frequently than women in the same age group
- 34% of people 85 and older have no natural teeth
This is just a random sample of the information in the article, there are many more interesting little gems in there. Of course, if you are really interested in this sort of information, you can download the whole report at the link above.
For further reading, here is a link to some of my articles on Longevity, Life Expectancy and Statistics.