Alone time for older Americans amounts to about seven hours a day. Time spent alone rises to over 10 hours a day among those living on their own.
Roughly half of U.S. cohabiters are younger than 35. But an increasing number of Americans ages 50 and older are in cohabiting relationships.
Among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s.
More Americans ages 65 and older are employed than at any time since at least 2000, and they're spending more time on the job.
After rising steadily for nearly a century, the share of older Americans who live alone has fallen since 1990, largely because women ages 65 to 84 are increasingly likely to live with their spouse or their children.
At least one-in-five people in Japan, Germany and Italy are already aged 65 or older, and most other European countries are close behind.
America is turning gray, with the share of people ages 65 and older expected to rise more than 50% by 2050 – a trend that may burden more families. But Germany and Italy are already there, with a fifth of their population in that age range.
In 2011, 7.7 million children in the U.S.–one-in-ten—were living with a grandparent, and approximately 3 million of these children were also being cared for primarily by that grandparent.
Nearly half of middle-aged adults have an older parent and are supporting a child. And about one-in-seven are providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child.
The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.