Older adults today are living longer than any other generation in the past; so it is no surprise to learn that the numbers of seniors over 65 years of age continues to grow. Statistics show that in 2016 one of every seven Americans (49.2 million) had reached the age of 65, and the number of seniors at least 65 years or older is expected to almost double to 98 million by 2060.
Of the number of people 65 years and older in 2016, 12.6 were women to every 10 men. As seniors age, the gender difference becomes even greater. For every man over 85, there are nearly two women. Another interesting statistic from 2016 is that 82,000 seniors were 100 years old or more; but by the middle of the century, it is estimated that number will increase tenfold.
According to a national report, Florida leads the country with almost 20% of its population over 65 years of age, which is not surprising but it may be to hear Montana is not far behind. In fact the World Population Review estimates that by 2030, “Montana will be one of ten states in the country to have more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18, and it will be one of only six states to have 25% of its population aged 65 and older.”
In addition just because women live longer, it does not always mean they enjoy better health than elderly men. The Institute on Aging states women are more likely to suffer from functional limitations. A 2009 study reports, “about 46 percent of female Medicare enrollees age 65+ had difficulty with activities of daily living (ADLs) or were in a facility, compared with 35 percent of their male counterparts.”
MorningStar of Billings is proud to be one of the state’s finest senior living communities and provides independent living, assisted living and memory care. Be sure to ask about our 2-year rate freeze (rent only) for assisted living residents. In our memory care facility, we are offering a lifetime rate (rent and care). Please visit our website to learn more.
MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with a unique mission statement of: “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Proving a true home for residents, our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve. Offering independent and assisted living as well as memory care, we invite you to setup a tour to experience one of the area’s top senior living facilities.