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Among men aged 55 or older, from 81 to 84 percent of Asians and non-Hispanic whites are high school graduates. This compares with only 63 percent of blacks and a 49 percent minority of Hispanics. Fully 46 percent of Asian men aged 55 or older are college graduates versus 31 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 13 percent of blacks, and 12 percent of Hispanics. Among older women, Asians are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to be high school graduates (71 versus 83 percent). But 32 percent of Asian women aged 55 or older are college graduates versus a smaller 19 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 13 percent of blacks, and just 8 percent of Hispanics.

Drinking is more popular than smoking among older Americans. Overall, 57 percent of people aged 18 or older have had an alcoholic beverage in the past month. The proportion peaks at 63 percent in the 25-to-34 age group, then declines with age. A 40 percent minority of people aged 65 or older have had a drink in the past month. Few older Americans have ever used illicit drugs, but that is about to change. Among people aged 55 to 59, a substantial 38 percent have used illicit drugs at some time during their lives, a figure that will climb as younger Boomers enter the age group.

3 Note: “–” means not applicable. html; calculations by New Strategist OLDER AMERICANS 21 Many Older Americans Participate in Adult Education for Job-Related Reasons Life-long learning is becoming a necessity for job security. As job security dwindles, many workers are turning to the educational system to try to stay on track. Overall, 33 percent of Americans aged 17 or older participated in work-related adult education during the past 12 months. An even larger 58 percent participated in lessformal work-related learning activities, such as seminars offered by employers.

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