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History of Older Americans Month

“When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as ‘Senior Citizens Month,’ the prelude to ‘Older Americans Month.’

“Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.”

Key Stats:

From Census.gov > Topics > Population:

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2019.

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates

Note: The table above is cropped, and the margin of error columns are hidden. Click on the image to see the full table.

Stats by Topic:


Population Projections

Source: Population Projections.


Population Estimates

Source: Population and Housing Unit Estimates.

 

Income and Poverty

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), 2019 and 2020 Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

 

Serving Our Nation

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

 

Jobs

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

 

Education

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), 2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

 

Marital Status and Living Arrangements

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

 

Computer and Internet Use

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

 

Voting

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS)/Housing Vacancy Survey, February 2, 2021.

 

Homeownership

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS)/Housing Vacancy Survey, January 30, 2020.

 

Services for the Older Population

Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS), date ranges to 2021.

  • NAICS 6216 Home health care services
  • NAICS 6231 Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)
  • NAICS 6233 Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly
  • NAICS 62412 Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities 

 

Geography

Source: 2019 Population Estimates.

 

Centenarians

Source: 2019 Population Estimates.

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