More than 1.72 million people 65 years and over (5.4% of that population) reported one or more mental conditions. The main selected conditions were "Alzheimer’s, senility, or dementia" (1.22 million people, 3.8% of the population 65 years and over); and "other mental or emotional conditions" (506,000, 1.6%).
About 1.68 million people (5.3%) reported one or more mental symptoms that seriously interfered with the ability to manage day-to-day activities. The most common symptoms were "frequently anxious or depressed" (1.26 million, 3.9%), "trouble coping with stress" (971,000, 3.0%), and "trouble concentrating" (967,000, 3.0%).
Another 2.4 million people 65 and over (7.5%) reported "difficulty keeping track of money and bills."
|People age 65 years and older||Number||Percent|
|With a mental disability||3,912,000||12.2%|
|With 1 or more selected conditions||1,722,000||5.4%|
|A learning disability||210,000||0.7%|
|Alzheimers, senility or dementia||1,219,000||3.8%|
|Other mental/emotional condition||506,000||1.6%|
|With 1 or more selected symptoms that seriously interfered with everyday activities||1,684,000||5.3%|
|Frequently depressed or anxious||1,256,000||3.9%|
|Trouble getting along with others||325,000||1.0%|
|Trouble coping with stress||971,000||3.0%|
|Had difficulty keeping track of money and bills||2,402,000||7.5%|
Source: McNeil (2001)
Surveys: SIPP, 1997