Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The age distribution of the United States' population has changed dramatically in the twentieth century. Decreased birth rates and increased longevity have produced a sevenfold increase since 1900 in the number of persons over the age of 65. In 1980, 11. 3% of the population was over 65 as compared to 4.1% in 1900. This trend is expected to continue as demonstrated by the 1980 census figures. The 1970 census reported 20,065,502 persons in this age group. By 1980, this figure had risen to 25,544,133, a 28% increase in ten years. It is further estimated that by the year 2000, there will be approximately 30 million elderly (Gioiella and Bevil, 1985).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Psychology
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©1987 Kay C. Froehner
Froehner, Kay C., "Changing nursing students' attitudes toward the elderly" (1987). Graduate Research Papers. 2401.