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People 65+ Living Alone

Value: 32.8 percent
Measurement
Period:
2008-2012
Location: County : Douglas
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Comparison: U.S. Counties
Categories: Social Environment / Neighborhood/Community Attachment
Health / Older Adults & Aging
Social Environment / Family Structure
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What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of people aged 65 years and over who live alone.
Why this is important: 
People over age 65 who live alone may be at risk for social isolation, limited access to support, or inadequate assistance in emergency situations. Older adults who do not live alone are most likely to live with a spouse, but they may also live with a child or other relative, a non-relative, or in group quarters. The Commonwealth Fund Commission on the Elderly Living Alone indicated that one third of older Americans live alone, and that one quarter of those living alone live in poverty and report poor health. Rates of living alone are typically higher in urban areas and among women. Older people living alone may lack social support, and are at high risk for institutionalization or losing their independent life style. Living alone should not be equated with being lonely or isolated, but many older people who live alone are vulnerable due to social isolation, poverty, disabilities, lack of access to care, or inadequate housing.
Technical Note:  The distribution is based on data from 3,143 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Source: American Community Survey
URL of Source:   http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
URL of Data:   http://factfinder2.census.gov/
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014

Time Series Data

2005-2009: 32.0 2006-2010: 31.4 2007-2011: 32.5 2008-2012: 32.8

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Unit: percent
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People 65+ Living Alone

Value: 32.8 percent
Measurement
Period:
2008-2012
Location: County : Douglas
[ View All Location Types ]
Comparison: Prior Value
Categories: Social Environment / Neighborhood/Community Attachment
Health / Older Adults & Aging
Social Environment / Family Structure
What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of people aged 65 years and over who live alone.
Why this is important: 
People over age 65 who live alone may be at risk for social isolation, limited access to support, or inadequate assistance in emergency situations. Older adults who do not live alone are most likely to live with a spouse, but they may also live with a child or other relative, a non-relative, or in group quarters. The Commonwealth Fund Commission on the Elderly Living Alone indicated that one third of older Americans live alone, and that one quarter of those living alone live in poverty and report poor health. Rates of living alone are typically higher in urban areas and among women. Older people living alone may lack social support, and are at high risk for institutionalization or losing their independent life style. Living alone should not be equated with being lonely or isolated, but many older people who live alone are vulnerable due to social isolation, poverty, disabilities, lack of access to care, or inadequate housing.
Technical Note:  The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Source: American Community Survey
URL of Source:   http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
URL of Data:   http://factfinder2.census.gov/
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014

Time Series Data

2005-2009: 32.0 2006-2010: 31.4 2007-2011: 32.5 2008-2012: 32.8

percent

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