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Some Statistics Regarding Villages


Nearly 90% of people over age 65 indicate they want to stay in their home as long as possible, and four of five in that age bracket believe their current home is where they will always live.
Source: Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices, AARP and National Conference of State Legislators, December 2011.

The number of people 65 and older in the United States is expected to increase to 55 million in 2020; to some 70 million by 2030, and to 88.5 million — or 20 percent of the population — in 2050. Put another way, between 2006 and 2030, the U.S. population of adults aged 65+ will nearly double from 37 million to 71.5 million people.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010.

The number of people age 85 and older — who often require additional caregiving and support — will increase from about 14% of the older population today to 21 percent in 2050. 
Source:  The Next Four Decades: The Older Population of the United States, US Census Bureau 2010.

Who Needs the Most Help
Aging can have a big impact on families and friends:

  • People aged 70-74 – 11% need help
  • People aged 75-79 – 20% need help
  • People aged 80-84 -- 31% need help
  • People 85 and up – 50% need help

Source: Sixty Five Plus in the US, US Census Bureau.


By 2025, one in four drivers will be age 65 or older.
Source: AARP, May 2009, Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America.

More than 50 percent of non-drivers over age 65 do not leave home most days, partly because of a lack of transportation options.
Source: AARP and National Conference of State Legislators, December 2011, Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices.

Living Alone

The percentage of one-person households has grown over the last 40 years, from 17 percent of total households in 1970 to 27 percent in 2012.
Source: Census Bureau, May 2013, America's Families and Living Arrangements, CBS News.

Social Isolation

The majority of American adults know only some (29%) or none (28%) of their neighbors by name. Source: Pew Research, June 18, 2010, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2010/06/18/do-you-know-your-neighbors/ . Study published in the June issue of American Sociological Review.

From 1985 to 2004 the mean (average) number of people with whom Americans can discuss matters important to them dropped by nearly one-third, from 2.94 people in 1985 to 2.08 in 2004. Researchers also found that the number of people who said they had no one with whom to discuss such matters more than doubled, to nearly 25 percent.
Duke University, June 23, 2006, https://today.duke.edu/2006/06/socialisolation.htmlhe loss greatest in non-family connections

UC Berkeley Study of Village Members

The UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare has been studying Villages for several years and here are some findings gleaned from the Villages they studied:

  • Most villages serve people who are 50 or older, though 21% serve people under 50 as well.
  • 76% of Villages reported that government agencies in their service area are very or somewhat aware of the Village.
  • 69% of Villages said that elected officials perceived a need for the Village.
  • 62% of Villages reported doing some advocacy work to help or impact the larger community. Areas include the need for services, changes in policies, awareness of senior problems, accessibility issues

Village demographics:

  • 74 and younger = 42%
  • 75-84 years = 37%
  • 85 or older = 22%
  • Gender = 72% Female

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  • 18% no college degree
  • 25% college degree
  • 58% graduate degree

Household composition = 45% live alone

Self-rated health status

  • Very good or excellent 58%;
  • Good 28%
  • Poor or fair 14%

50% improved ability to get the help they need to live in their current residence

46% volunteered for their Village in past year

67% used Village-sponsored social or educational events

35% called the Village for information, referral or advice

27% used transportation services

22% used technology assistance services

29% improved ability to take care of their home

Source: Village Research Findings, February 13, 2017, Roscoe Nicholson (Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging) Andrew Scharlach, UC Berkeley, Carrie Graham, UC Berkeley