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The Administration for Community Living (ACL) recently released their annual summary of minority aging statistics, the 2017 Minority Aging Statistical Profiles and Profile of Older Americans. The summaries provide statistics on older adults within the African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian American, and Hispanic American populations. The summaries are compiled primarily with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and include data regarding income and poverty, self-rated health status, chronic conditions, disability status, health insurance, and participation in Older Americans Act (OAA) programs.

The data reveal that the population of older Americans is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, which is attributed to greater longevity among minority populations. Racial and ethnic minority populations have increased from 19% of the older adult population in 2006 to 23% in 2016, and the percentage is expected to rise to 28% by 2030.

February 21, 2019 – K. Kertesz

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