More Facts on Aging How many homes where the householder is 65 or older have a computer? Of the approximately 21.8 million households headed by an elder, 5.3 million (24.3%) have a computer. In contrast, 52% of the general population has a computer in the home. How many elders reside in nursing homes? ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2002
More Facts on Aging
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  • Rosemary Lubinski
    University of Buffalo
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Article   |   December 01, 2002
More Facts on Aging
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2002, Vol. 7, 5-6. doi:10.1044/gero7.3.5
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2002, Vol. 7, 5-6. doi:10.1044/gero7.3.5
How many homes where the householder is 65 or older have a computer? Of the approximately 21.8 million households headed by an elder, 5.3 million (24.3%) have a computer. In contrast, 52% of the general population has a computer in the home.
How many elders reside in nursing homes? For the 65–74 age group, 1%reside in nursing homes; the 75–84 group, 5%; the 85+, 15.
How many elders have incomes below the poverty level? About 3.4 million elders (10.2%) were below the poverty level in 2000, and another 2.4 (7.6%) were considered “near poor.” Approximately one quarter of elderly blacks and 18.8% of elderly His-panics are poor, while about 9.4% of elderly whites are poor. About 7% of the elderly are classified as ’near poor’ because their income is barely above the poverty level.
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