The Administration on Aging (AoA) released "A Profile of Older Americans 2000," the annual report about the status of America's older population. The report includes the latest key federal statistics on older Americans in 12 subject areas, including information on income levels, poverty, size and growth, health status, racial and ethnic composition, education, employment, housing, living arrangements, geographic distribution and marital status. "One of the highlights of this report is the notable drop in poverty rates among older adults.

Noteworthy information in the report includes:

The median income of older persons in 1999 was $19,079 for males and $10,943 for females. After adjusting for inflation, these figures represent an increase of +1.9 percent in "real" income from 1998 for women and +2.8 percent for men.

The Social Security Administration reported that the major sources of income for older people was:

Older people and lack of independence: (2002)  

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