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.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [https://wonder.cdc.gov/Deaths-by-Underlying-Cause.html]
- 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
DefinitionDeaths among those aged 65 through 84 years
NumeratorNumber of deaths among persons aged 65-84 years
DenominatorNumber 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.
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Page Content Updated On 10/24/2022, Published on 10/24/2022