SSI Eligibility and Participation Among the Oldest Old: Evidence from the AHEAD

by Paul S. Davies
Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 64 No. 3, 2003
Table equivalent for Chart 1. SSI recipients aged 70 or older as a proportion of all elderly SSI recipients, by sex, 1993–1999
Year All 70
or older
Women 70
or older
Men 70
or older
1993 79 80.7 74.5
1994 79.4 81.2 74.4
1995 79.9 81.9 74.7
1996 80.9 82.8 75.9
1997 82.4 84.2 77.8
1998 83.5 85 79.4
1999 83.9 85.4 80.3
SOURCE: Author's calculations from the Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin, Table 7.E3, various issues.
Table equivalent for Chart 2. Social Security area population aged 65 to 69 and 70 or older, 1995–2080
Year Aged 70
or older
Aged 65–69
1995 10.105 23.917
2000 9.592 25.689
2005 10.155 26.472
2010 12.128 27.371
2015 15.296 29.764
2020 17.61 34.62
2025 19.814 40.752
2030 20.27 47.612
2035 18.462 53.216
2040 17.663 55.515
2045 17.725 55.926
2050 19.381 55.83
2055 20.301 57.161
2060 21.198 59.372
2065 20.273 62.344
2070 20.103 64.131
2075 20.448 65.338
2080 21.027 66.464
SOURCE: Social Security Administration (1997a, Table 21, historical data and intermediate cost alternative).