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August 27, 2012
20 percent of total U.S. population  — The population of Americans age 65 and over in 2030 is projected to be 20 percent of the total U.S. population (72 million), compared to 13 percent in 2010.
Source(s): Federal Interagency Forum On Aging Related Statistics
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August 27, 2012
$5,300  in prescription drug costs   — Older Americans with five or more chronic conditions incurred an average of $5,300 in prescription drug costs in 2008, compared to $1,230 for those with no chronic conditions.
Source(s): Federal Interagency Forum On Aging Related Statistics
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August 27, 2012
37 percent of labor force participation rate among men  — In 2011, labor force participation rate for men age 65-69 reached 37 percent -- up from the 24-26 percent range in the early 1990s, but down from a high of 43 percent in 1967.
Source(s): Federal Interagency Forum On Aging Related Statistics
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August 27, 2012
1.3 years of more living   — Under current mortality conditions, white people who survive to age 65 can expect to live an average of 1.3 years longer than black people.
Source(s): Federal Interagency Forum On Aging Related Statistics
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August 27, 2012
13 percent of people age 55-64 uninsured  — In 2010, 13 percent of people age 55-64 did not have health insurance.
Source(s): Federal Interagency Forum On Aging Related Statistics
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August 27, 2012
19.2 years of living after age 65  — Under current mortality conditions, people who survive to age 65 can expect to live an average of 19.2 more years, nearly 5 years longer than people age 65 in 1960.
Source(s): Federal Interagency Forum On Aging Related Statistics
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August 27, 2012
23.8 million beneficiaries enrolled in Part D plans  — From June 2006 to October 2011, the number of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part D prescription drug plans increased from 18.2 million (51 percent of beneficiaries) to 23.8 million (58 percent of beneficiaries).
Source(s): Federal Interagency Forum On Aging Related Statistics
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