Aging America - Americans Are Living Longer

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Aging America - Americans Are Living Longer
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University of Southern California Online Master of Arts in Gerontology & Master of Aging Services Management

The average life expectancy in America today is higher than in any other period in history. More specifically, data from a United Nations report shows that the number of people 65 years and older rose from 8% to 12% of the total population between 1950 and 2000. What’s more, this figure will rise to 20% by 2050 and is likely to continue rising steadily thereafter. This is largely due to significant improvements in healthcare services, investment in medical research, and universal health coverage.