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People 65+ Living Alone

This indicator shows the percentage of people aged 65 years and over who live alone.

People 65+ Living Alone

27.8
30.4
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

21.3

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2012

County: Miami-Dade

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Categories: Social Environment / Neighborhood/Community Attachment, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Social Environment / Family Structure
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 3,143 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014
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Why is this 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.

People 65+ Living Alone : Time Series

2005-2009: 21.8 2006-2010: 21.7 2007-2011: 21.4 2008-2012: 21.3

percent

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People 65+ Living Alone

Comparison: Prior Value 

21.3

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2012

County: Miami-Dade

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Categories: Social Environment / Neighborhood/Community Attachment, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Social Environment / Family Structure
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.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014

Why is this 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.

People 65+ Living Alone : Time Series

2005-2009: 21.8 2006-2010: 21.7 2007-2011: 21.4 2008-2012: 21.3

percent

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