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Gerontology and Aging

The Gerontology and Aging guide provides links to reliable database and web resources.


Statistical and Dataset Resources on Aging and Gerontology

As people live longer, the study of aging and gerontology has become increasingly important in many fields including medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, and law. Statistical sources such as the ones below can be very informative and useful.  The NACDA site provides datasets.

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Ralph Courtney

Things to Come

  • The older population--persons 65 years or older--numbered 39.6 million in 2009. They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans.
  • By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000.
  • People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030.  

          (Administration on Aging)