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Older Americans accounted for 13 percent of the total population in 2010, or 40.3 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In honor of Older Americans Month, which is in May, the Census Bureau released some facts about those who are 65 and older.

It showed that in 1990, there were 31.2 million older Americans, and in 2000, there were 35 million. The projected population of those over 65 in 2050 is 88.5 million, or 20 percent of the population. According to the International Data Base, the world population of older people in mid-year 2011 was 546 million. Those numbers are projected to increase to 1.56 billion by 2050, or about 17 percent of the world’s population.

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