As an older adult in the U.S., you are part of a fast-growing group. Take a look:
In 2000, 35 million Americans were over 65, making up 12.4 percent of the total population.
By 2010, seniors numbered 40 million. Seniors made up 13 percent of Americans.
What’s more, between 2011 and 2030, the number of Americans over 65 will almost double. It’s expected that seniors will number up to 72 million. Driving this increase is the fact that in 2011, the huge swell in the population called “baby boomers” (those born from 1946 to 1965) started turning 65.
Here’s something else that may surprise you:
The number of Americans over age 85 is growing even faster. From 2000 to 2008, the number of people over age 85 grew from 4.2 to 5.7 million.
Now let’s bring this closer to home: In 2010, in New York City, 13.5 percent of the population was over the age of 65. That’s approaching one-fifth of all NYC residents!
Almost daily, newspapers are filled with articles about the sky-rocketing cost of health care. Much of the increased cost is for older Americans, who are living longer, yet have more medical problems.
Beth Israel recognizes the importance of quality health care for New York City seniors like you. We are helping to meet your unique health needs through our acclaimed Senior Health and Senior Health House Calls program, staffed by caring specialists in geriatrics medicine and geriatrics social work.
Our patients can reach a doctor after 5 pm or on the weekends by calling