There are now more people age 65 and over in the United States than ever before, and this group is increasing at a faster rate (10,000 per day) than the general population.
The only state that showed a decline in the 65-and-older demographic was Rhode Island. The 2010 Census report didn't say why, which is understandable. It's never a good idea to delve too deeply into Rhode Island.
The longevity figures are good news for those whose regular breakfast fare consists of bacon, eggs and a side order of the obituaries.
And it is even better news for males, who are beginning to close the gap with females in terms of life span.
Of course, just because there are more people over 65, doesn't mean there are more old people.
"You can't help getting older," George Burns once said, "but you don't have to get old."
Americans of all ages seem to be getting this message and are redefining the perception of how old, old is.
So how old is old?
According to a recent Marist poll, those 18 to 30 think 62 is old, while those 31 to 47 don't think it arrives until you reach 71. Meanwhile, baby boomers (47 to 65) describe old as 77, while those past 65 say you have to hit 81 to officially achieve agedness.
Men and women differ on what constitutes old.
Women think they are old at 75, and men are old at 74.
Men think they are old at 70, and women are old at 25.
OK, men actually said 69 not 25 for women, but you hook most guys up to a polygraph and I maintain you will come closer to my number.
Anyway, when asked how long they wanted to live, those surveyed in the various age groups said 89 to 92.
Personally, I've always subscribed to the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's time line: "I expect to die at 110," he said, "shot by a jealous husband."
While baby boomers may shatter the stereotypes associated with aging, the idea of aging youthfully is nothing new.
"You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely," noted Ogden Nash.
Anthropologist Ashley Montagu probably encapsulated the bottom line best when he said:
"The idea is to die young as late as possible."