WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) — Almost 70 percent of U.S. adults age 65 and older live with a spouse or a child, while 1.6 million live in nursing homes, a U.S. Census report says.
The census report says 27 percent of all people 65 and older lived alone, while 5 percent lived in group facilities and 2 percent in a household with someone who is not a relative.
Fifty-six of people 65 and older were married in 2009, while 29 percent were widowed, the census report says.
There were 73 men for every 100 women in this age group in 2008, but among those age 85 and older, the proportion dropped to 48 men per 100 women.
As of Nov. 1, there were 104,754 centenarians in the United States, but by 2050, it is projected that there will be 601,000 U.S. centenarians, the census says.
Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI’s prior written consent.