The growth in the older adult population is expected to be slightly greater for men than for women. U.S. Census Bureau (2004) projections show that women age 65 and

older will increase in number by about 2.3 percent between 2000 and 2050, whereas the number of men in this age group will increase by 2.7 percent. These differences are expected to be even greater for those age 85 and older. The number of the oldestold women is projected to increase by 4.3 percent (13.1 million in 2050) between 2000 and 2050, while the number of men in this group is expected to increase by 6.2 percent (7.7 million in 2050).