Did you know?
senior community is the fastest growing demographic in America. We
thought you might enjoy some of these interesting and awareness-raising
facts about seniors.
According to the 2020 U. S. Census, there are 7,588 people over the age of
65 living in Phelps County.
According to a Harvard research study, older adults
volunteering at least 100 hours a year (almost 2 hours per week) is
associated with numerous health benefits such as reduced risk of mortality,
higher physical activity, and better psychosocial outcomes.
According to the FBI, seniors experience over $3 billion
in losses annually due to fraud. Scams include romance fraud, tech support,
grandparent, government impersonation, home repair, TV/radio, and
FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
Total losses from romance
scams hit a record high in 2021 in the U. S. at $547 million - over six
times the losses in 2017. Average losses are now $9,000 for those aged
70 and older, compared to $750 for those aged 18 to 29.
Federal Trade Commission
National Council on Aging
research shows that compared with their peers, senior center participants
have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction. The average age of participants is 75. And, 75% of
participants visit their center 1 to 3 times per week. They spend an average
of 3.3 hours per visit.
National Council on Aging
According to Voting and Registration in
the Election of 2020 report by the U. S. Census Bureau, 49.7% of registered
voters are age 65 or older.
U. S. Census Bureau
Americans age 50 and up contribute so much to
the U.S. economy that they would be the world’s third-largest economy if
they were counted as their own country. The economic contributions of the
50-plus age group will grow from $8.3 trillion in 2018 to $28.2 trillion by
2050, according to AARP's study The Longevity Economy Outlook.
AARP - American Association of Retired Persons
The United Nations
General Assembly declared 2021–2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing and asked
the World Health Organization to lead the implementation. The Decade of
Healthy Ageing (2021–2030) seeks to reduce health inequities and improve the
lives of older people, their families and communities through collective
action in four areas: changing how we think, feel and act towards age and
ageism; developing communities in ways that foster the abilities of older
people; delivering person-centred integrated care and primary health
services responsive to older people; and providing older people who need it
with access to quality long-term care.
WHO - World Health Organization