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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Persons Aged 85 Years and Older

Nearly 40% of all deaths among New Jersey residents are of persons aged 85 years and over.


CLRD = chronic lower respiratory diseases

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [ State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


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

How Are We Doing?

The death rate among those aged 85 years and over is generally declining. The death rate is highest among Whites, followed by Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. The leading causes of death among adults aged 85 years and over are 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 is slightly below the national rate.

Available Services

NJDHS Division of Aging Services: []
Page Content Updated On 09/18/2019, Published on 09/18/2019
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