Older Adults' Health and Age-Related Changes

Reality Versus Myth

America is aging. The number of Americans over age 65 is increasing dramatically as we approach the millennium. Never in our nation's history have so many people lived into the later stages of their lives and remained healthy and productive. The proportion of Americans age 65 and over comprises nearly 13 percent of the U.S. population. In fewer than 25 years, those over age 65 will make up 20 percent of the U.S. population. Americans' living longer and staying increasingly active and productive is a welcome sign for our nation. However, society's view of "old age" has not always kept up with the reality of older Americans' health or the fact that while many people over the age of 65 experience some limitations, they learn to live with them and lead happy and productive lives.

Accurate information and continued research on the aging process are critical as Americans age. This brochure contains information about older Americans and attempts to dispel the myths regarding that age group.

What's important to remember about people over age 65 is that while many begin to experience some physical limitations, they learn to live with them and lead happy and productive lives.