In the 1950’s, only 8% of people reached the age of 65. Fast forward to the year 2000, and that number had increased to 12%. By 2050, it is expected that 20% of Americans will reach the age of 65, and many children born now will reach the age of 100. This is a striking advancement, so we thought it would be good to look at how elderly life has changed since the 1950s.
As you can see from the infographic below, which was created by the master in gerontology department at the University of Southern California, 65% of elderly homes now have access to a computer, 58% of homes have internet access, and 83% of elderly people now have a minimum of a high school education. You can find out more statistics below.
Americans Are Living Longer is an infographic created by http://gerontology.usc.edu/.
How Has Elderly Life Changed Since the 1950s