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Older American’s Well Being: New Report Explores Key Indicators

by Published On: Sep 06, 2012
Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well Being

The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics released a report called Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well Being in August. Forum agencies periodically release reports on the state of older Americans. 

The recent report draws on official statistics primarily from 2008-2009. The following categories are explored in the report: population, economics, health status, health risk and behaviors and health care. 

10 Findings of the 2012 Older American’s Survey, by Tom Sightings, sites these items of interest from the report:  

  1. The older population is growing rapidly.
  2. Today’s seniors are better educated.
  3. The older population is more diverse. 
  4. Seniors are richer than ever before. 
  5. Older people are working. 
  6. Older men are married: older women live alone.
  7. More people are dying at home. 
  8. We spend more on health care than ever before. 
  9. Seniors are more obese.
  10. But they’re still healthier than ever. 

While this report explores only a snapshot from a specific pocket in time, there are a multitude of potential implications for aging services providers.  Now we must consider how providers can utilize these and other data to better serve older adults and those who love them.

 



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