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Disability as a Function of Age

July 2001

Figure 1 - Disability as a Function of Age Charts [D]

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Report on Americans with Disabilities: 1994-95, P70-61 (August 1997)
Based on Survey of Income and Program Participation, Oct. 1994-Jan. 1995


US Prevalence of Selected Impairments within Age Groups

Figure 2 - Prevalence of Selected Impairments Chart (data follows)

The following data highlight the prevalence of selected impairments within four different age groups. Data categories are not exclusive. A linear version of the prevalence of impairments table is also available.

Impairment
Under 45
45-69
70-84
85+
Arthritis and Bursitis
4.2%
35.6%
52.9%
53%
Back and Spine
4.8%
9.1%
8.6%
9%
Other Physical Impairments
5.6%
12.5%
17.4%
21.3%
Speech Impairments
1.1%
0.9%
1.1%
0.7%
Visual Impairments
2.6%
9.8%
33.8%
63.1%
Hearing Impairments
3.9%
16.7%
31.5%
48.4%
Mental Retardation
0.6%
0.2%
0.1%
0%
Diabetes
0.6%
6.1%
10.1%
7.9%

Based on data From LaPlante (1988)
Survey: National Health Interview Surveys, 1983-1985: tabulations from public use tapes


The Graying of the United States

Figure 3 - The Graying of the United States Chart
 (data follows)

The following data show the percentage of the U.S. population over age 55 as a function of time. A linear version of the graying of the US table is also available.

Year
55 to 64
65 to 74
75 to 84
85 and up
1900
5.3
2.9
1
0.2
1910
5.5
3
1.1
0.2
1920
6.2
3.3
1.2
0.2
1930
6.8
3.8
1.3
0.2
1940
8
4.8
1.7
0.3
1950
8.8
5.6
2.2
0.4
1960
8.7
6.1
2.6
0.5
1970
9.2
6.1
3
0.7
1980
9.6
6.9
3.4
1
1990
8.4
7.2
4.1
1.3
2000
8.7
6.6
4.5
1.6
2010
11.8
7
4.3
1.9
2020
13
9.7
4.8
2.1
2030
10.6
10.7
6.7
2.5
2040
10.4
9
7.7
3.8
2050
10.8
8.9
6.6
4.8

Sources: 1900-1980: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Decennial Censuses of Population. 1990: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Projections of the Population of the United States, by Age, Sex, and Race: 1983 to 2080. Current Population Reports, Series P-25, No. 952, May 1984. Projections are middle Series. 2000-2050: U.S. Census Bureau, Projections of the Total Resident Population by 5-Year Age Groups, and Sex with Special Age Categories, Middle Series, 1999 to 2100, (NP-T3), January 2000.

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