|That’s Philomena, my mom, 90!|
According to an Associated Press report, nearly 2 million people are now are 90 or over, nearly triple their numbers of just three decades ago. Count my mom in there.
- the share of people 90-94 who report having some kind of impairment such as inability to do errands, visit a doctor’s office, climb stairs or bathe is 13 percentage points higher than those 85-89 — 82 percent versus 69 percent.
- Among those 95 and older, the disability rate climbs to 91 percent.
- Census figures show that smaller states had the highest shares of their older Americans who were at least 90. North Dakota led the list, with about 7 percent of its 65-plus population over 90. It was followed by Connecticut, Iowa and South Dakota. In absolute numbers, California, Florida and Texas led the nation in the 90-plus population, each with more than 130,000.
- Among the 90-plus population, women outnumber men by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1.
- Non-Hispanic whites made up the vast majority of the 90-plus population, at 88.1 percent. That’s compared to 7.6 percent who were black, 4 percent Hispanic and 2.2 percent Asian.
- Most people who were 90 or older lived in households alone, about 37.3 percent.
- Some 37.1 percent lived in households with family or others, while about 23 percent stayed in nursing homes.
- About 3 percent lived in assisted living or other informal care facilities.
- Those who were 90 or older had median income of $14,760, about half of it from Social Security.
- About 14.5 percent of the age group lived in poverty, compared to 9.6 percent for Americans who are 65-89.
What struck me most was the amount of 90+ living alone. We need to keep an eye on these folks. Programs like Lotsa Helping Hands can help.