It is estimated that the number of women over 65 will more than double in the next four decades. The number of women over 85 years will triple and the number of women over 85 and over 90 will increase even more. This is partly due to the baby boom generation,partly because of better socioeconomic and medical conditions, also greater survival among women.
Demographic trends indicate that the number of Americans aged 65 and older will increase from the current 40 million to 88.5 million by 2050. The number of those 85 and older will increase from the current 5.8 million to 19 million. Most of the increase will be among women.
While there were 6.2 million women than men who are elderly in 2000, due to higher survival rates among women these numbers increase more steeply at higher age groups. For instance, 54% of population aged 65-69 are female, 69% of those aged 85-89 are female and 80% of those aged 95-99 are female. This is why the healthcare and lifestyle needs of women come to the fore as they attain greater longevity.