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March 27, 1954

FACTS REGARDING OLDER PERSONS

JAMA. 1954;154(13):1114. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940470066023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Readers of The Journal may be interested in some of the data recently made available by the United States Census Bureau concerning our older population. It was estimated from the 1950 census that, of a total population of 150,700,000 persons of all ages in the continental United States, 12,270,000 (8.1%) were 65 years of age and over. Included are 3,850,000 persons 75 years or older, of whom 4,475 were reported to be 100 years of age or older.A relatively small number of our older persons were living in institutions at the time of the interview, since only 3.14% of all who were 65 years and over were estimated to be in homes for the aged, nursing homes, chronic disease hospitals, mental hospitals, tuberculosis hospitals, correctional institutions, and institutions for the mentally handicapped. Although the rate of institutionalization increased progressively with age, only 9.41% of those who

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