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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Persons 65-84 Years Old

In a typical year, about 40% of all deaths among New Jersey residents are of persons aged 65-84 years.

Notes

CLRD = chronic lower respiratory diseases

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Definition

Deaths among those aged 65 through 84 years

Numerator

Number of deaths among persons aged 65-84 years

Denominator

Number of persons aged 65-84 years in the population

How Are We Doing?

The death rate among those aged 65-84 years was declining through 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp increase in 2020. The death rates among Blacks and Whites aged 65-84 years were well above those of Hispanics and Asians through 2019, but the high COVID-19 death rate among Hispanics in this age group (1082.1 per 100,000) resulted in a steep rise in the overall death rate among Hispanics aged 65-84 years such that their rate was about the same as that of Whites in 2020. In 2020, the leading causes of death among adults aged 65-84 years were cancer, heart disease, COVID-19, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The death rate among New Jersey residents aged 65-84 years had been significantly lower than the national rate since 2002 and in recent years the gap had been widening. The COVID-19 pandemic caused New Jersey's death rate for this age group to exceed that of the nation as a whole for the first time in more than two decades.

Available Services

The [http://nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/njceed.shtml New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program] provides breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer education, outreach, screenings, case management, and follow-up services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of the state. NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: [https://covid19.nj.gov/]

Health Program Information

NJDOH Cancer Initiatives: [http://nj.gov/health/ces/] NJDOH Chronic Disease Prevention & Control Services: [http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/chronic/index.shtml]
Page Content Updated On 10/24/2022, Published on 10/24/2022
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