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Important Facts for Deaths among Persons Aged 85 Years and Older


Deaths among those aged 85 years and over


Number of deaths among persons aged 85 years and over


Number of persons in the population aged 85 years and over

Why Is This Important?

In a typical year, 35-40% of all deaths among New Jersey residents are of persons aged 85 years and over.

How Are We Doing?

As of 2019, the death rate among those aged 85 years and over was generally declining. The death rate was highest among Whites, followed by Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. In 2019, the leading causes of death among adults aged 85 years and over were heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Prior to 2015, stroke had been the third leading cause of death in this age group and Alzheimer's disease had been fourth.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The death rate among New Jersey residents aged 85 years and over was about the same as the national rate in 2019.
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