While we celebrate our nation’s rich diversity, we recognize
that minority Americans often are at greater risk of poor health,
social isolation, and poverty. Currently, minority elders comprise
over 16.1 percent of all older Americans (65 years of age and
older). In the future, their numbers are expected to increase
dramatically. Between 1999 and 2030, the older minority population
65+ is projected to increase by 217 percent, compared with 81
percent for older white population. For example, the number of
African American elders will increase by 128 percent. The population
of Asian American elders will increase by 301 percent and the
number of Hispanic American elders will grow by 322 percent. The
number of American Indian and Alaska Native elders will increase
roughly by 193 percent by 2030 if current demographic trends continue.
This site was designed to provide information that can help to
increase access to and improve programs for older minority Americans.
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