Sometimes I enjoy looking at statistics, not the “high-brow you gotta know stuff to understand” type of statistics but rather the “average person ‘this is interesting trivia'” type of statistics.
Today I was noticing some stats listed at trendwatching.com. These stats were about women (and men):
– Average life expectancy for women is 81 years versus 73 years for men (Social Security Administration, 2006).
But then it says,
– The average age of widowhood for women is 55 years old (US Census, 2006).
If men live, on average, until the age of 73; how are women (on average) becoming widows at age of 55? How does that work out? What is this statistic saying? Does it mean that there are that many single older people running around? Is this a statistic that also gives an indication to the ammount of divorces in our society?
– Women 65 years or older today have a 44% chance of entering a nursing home at some point in their lives (Genworth Financial, 2006).
That is almost half of the older women in our society.
But then in just 3 short years:
– By 2010, women are expected to own half of wealth in the United States (Women in Higher Education, 2007).
And if the Genworth Financial stat is true, nursing homes will just take that wealth.
Interesting stuff to talk and ponder about over coffee.