U.S.: Share of Seniors Who Perceive Their Personal Health as Fair or Poor, by year
YearAdults aged 65y and older,
in %
  • Region: United States
  • Time period: 2019 to 2022
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Decline in Health Status Among U.S. Seniors in 2020 Compared to 2019

In 2020, the share of U.S. seniors aged 65 and older reporting their health as fair or poor decreased to 23.1% from 25.1% in 2019, marking a notable improvement of 2 percentage points. This change suggests a significant shift in health perceptions or health outcomes among the senior population during the initial phase of the global pandemic.

Lowest Reported Poor Health Status in 2021

The year 2021 saw the lowest percentage of U.S. seniors aged 65 and older reporting fair or poor health, at 22.6%. This figure represents a slight improvement from 2020, indicating a continuing trend of perceived better health or actual health improvements among seniors during this period.

Slight Increase in Poor Health Perception in 2022

Following the trend of improvement, 2022 witnessed a slight reversal, with 23.5% of U.S. seniors aged 65 and older reporting their health as fair or poor. This increase of 0.9 percentage points from 2021 might reflect changes in health status, access to healthcare, or perception of well-being among the senior demographic.

Overall Trend Towards Better Health Among Seniors Over Four Years

Analyzing the data from 2019 to 2022, there is a general trend towards a lower percentage of U.S. seniors reporting fair or poor health, decreasing from 25.1% in 2019 to 23.5% in 2022. This downward trend, despite the slight uptick in 2022, highlights an overall improvement or better management of health among seniors in the United States during these years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What was the lowest reported percentage of U.S. seniors with fair or poor health status?

The lowest reported percentage of U.S. seniors with fair or poor health status was in 2021 at 22.6%.

What is the overall trend in health status among U.S. seniors from 2019 to 2022?

There is a general downward trend in the percentage of U.S. seniors reporting fair or poor health from 25.1% in 2019 to 23.5% in 2022, suggesting an overall health improvement during these years.

Terms and Definitions

Perception refers to the process through which people make sense of their surroundings and experiences. In the context of this article, it pertains to how seniors view or evaluate their own personal health status.

Seniors, also commonly referred to as older adults or elderly, typically refers to individuals aged 65 years and above. The age threshold can vary depending on the societal or policy context.

Personal health refers to an individual's overall physical and mental wellbeing. It encompasses various factors such as the presence or absence of illness, levels of physical fitness, nutritional status, and mental health.

Fair health represents a self-rated health status that is neither excellent, very good nor poor. Individuals who perceive their health as "fair" might have some chronic health conditions or functional impairments but are generally able to manage their daily activities.

Poor health refers to a self-rated health status where the individual perceives their wellbeing negatively. This might be due to serious chronic diseases, significant functional impairment, frequent hospitalization, or continuous requirement of medical care and assistance.
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