Data on Older Adults
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Across the United States and locally in San Diego County, the growth in the number and proportion of aging adults over the age of 65 has hit new and unprecedented levels in our history. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two main factors—longer life spans and aging baby boomers—will "combine to double the population of Americans aged 65 years or older during the next 25 years to about 72 million. By 2030, older adults will account for roughly 20% of the U.S. population."(1)
Below is a compiled listing of data related to the health and well-being of our aging population in San Diego County. If you are looking for resources or more information, please refer to the County of San Diego's Aging and Independence Services.
Reports and Other Statistical Guides
The Demographic Senior Profiles are subset of the larger demographic profiles document for San Diego County. This profile set reflects data covering demographic and economic data on seniors available by HHSA Region and community, municipalities and the unincorporated area, and Supervisorial District.
2021 Demographic Profiles: Senior Subsets
2020 Demographic Profiles: Senior Subsets
2019 Demographic Profiles: Senior Subsets
Leading Health Conditions Impacting Seniors, Current Rates
This brief one page document identifies leading health conditions impacting seniors over the age of 65. Cases and rates are presented for 2019.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Healthy Aging Data."The State of Health and Aging in America, 2013." Accessed 1/26/2017. https://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/state-aging-health-in-america-2013.pdf
In 2015, Alzheimer’s Disease was the third leading cause of death in San Diego County and an estimated 84,405 San Diegans were living with this disease or another form of dementia. These numbers alone highlight the growing health and well-being issues of San Diego County residents living with these diseases. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia but all people living with these conditions need access to resources such as caregivers and health care professionals trained in treating any type of dementia. Thus, the definition of Alzheimer’s Disease has been expanded to include Related Dementias as well.
The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in San Diego County Report: This report, a collaborative project with Aging & Independence Services, addresses the impact of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in San Diego County. Topics include overall prevalence, the number of caregivers and the costs of that care, as well as projections out to 2030 for all data.
The Economic Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in San Diego Report: This report, a collaborative project with Aging & Independence Services, addresses the various lenses of the economic burden of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in San Diego County. Topics include community costs, lifetime costs, long-term care costs, caregiver costs, as well as hospitalization charges.