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Health and longevity

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  • 50,000: Number of centenarians in 2000.
  • 76.9 years: Average life expectancy at birth in 2000.
  • 80%: Percentage of seniors with at least one chronic health problem; 50 percent have at least two.
  • 80%: Percentage of centenarians who are women.
  • 14 million: Number of non-institutionalized seniors with a disability.
  • 43%: Percentage of older women with a disability, compared with 40 percent of older men.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau