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Nov182011

Is 90 the New 85? Census Finds More Americans Living Longer

Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- There are two million people in the U.S. who are at least 90 years old, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.  That's three times the number than in 1980.

With the way things are going, the government predicts there will be about eight million people in the 90-plus category by 2050.

In its first-ever report on nonagenarians, the Census Bureau says this is the fastest growing segment of the population.  The government had to revise its findings because the "oldest old" used to be 85.

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As might be expected, these elderly folks are not without health complications.  Virtually all of the 90-plus crowd who live in nursing homes have at least one disability, while four out of five who live elsewhere also have to deal with one or more disabilities.

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