Over 1.3 million Americans reside in nursing homes according to Jesse Slome, the director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). The majority were aged 65 and older. The HHS report reflected there were 15,600 nursing homes in the U.S. as of 2014.
According to the latest analysis of nursing home users in 2014, some 41.6 percent of nursing home residents were age 85 and older, Slome shared. Another 27.2 percent were between ages 75 and 84 and 16.1 percent were between 65 and 74. 66.8 percent of nursing home residents according to the data are women.
Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias was the leading cause for a nursing home stay. Over half (50.4 percent) of residents had that diagnosis. Depression and diabetes were two other leading diagnosis.