Facing Old Age
by Abraham Epstein (9780217717359)

Facing Old Age
Abraham Epstein
Release Date: 10 December 1070
Format: Paperback
Pages: 196
Category: Social Security
ISBN: 9780217717359
ISBN-10: 0217717357

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II THE INDUSTRIAL SCRAP HEAP The prospects of living to old age are becoming increasingly better as methods of sanitation and public health are improved. According to the United States Life Tables, the American vital statistics in 1910 showed that out of every 100 persons at the age of 20, 64 will reach the age of 60; 54, the age of 65; and 42, the age of 70. Of 100 persons alive at the age of 30, 53 will reach the age of 65, and 46 will not die before 70. In other words, of all men alive at the age of 30, more than one-half will reach 65. A person who has reached the age of 65 may still expect to live 11 more years, and the person who has reached the age of 70 may still hope to have nine more years of life. In 1880, according to the U. S. Census, the number of persons 65 years of age and over in the entire population constituted 3.5 per cent. This aged population increased to 3.9 per cent, in 1890, to 4.2 per cent, in 1900, and to 4.3 per cent, in 1910. Of males 15 years of age and over, the number of those 65 and over increased from 54 per thousand in 1880 to 60 in 1890 and 63 in 1910. It is thus clear that the proportion of older persons in the United States has been constantly increasing. In 1900 there were in the United States 3,083,995 persons 65 years of age and over, constituting 4.2 per cent, of the total population. In 1910 this number increased to 3,949,524 and constituted 4.3 per cent, of the population. Of the nearly four million persons 65 and over in 1910, 1,679.503, or 42.5 per cent., were between the ages of 65 and 69. The magnitude of the old age problem is more easily appreciated when onereflects that this aged group outnumbers the entire population of the United States during the time of the Revolution?the first Census of 1790 giving the total...

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