The Administration on Aging (AoA) is a division within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. For community planners and local governments seeking resources, it can be easy to overlook this obvious choice, especially considering it is a large government agency. But in this case it would be a mistake. The Administration on Aging website has a wealth of information and resources, including: papers, local program information, benefits programs, long-term planning, emergency preparedness and response, statistics, and AoA programs, and even widgets for websites.
Planners and local governments will want to pay special attention to the AoA programs and the Aging Statistic categories. The former could help identify which existing AoA programs (with potential accompanying federal grant monies) to bring to your local area. The Aging Statistic category has a wealth of information on the growing U.S. older population organized by the following segments: the Profile of Older Americans reports (an annual report with all years available for download as pdf files), an AGing Integrated Database (AGID) that includes a range of data by state, Census Data & Population Estimates, the Projected Future Growth of the Older Population (by age, gender and race), Minority Aging Statistics, and Key Indicators of Well-Being.
Both the AoA programs and Aging Statistic categories are tremendously helpful for planning purposes.
How to Use
The AoA website is best used as the first “go-to” source for the latest official government facts and figures. The site contains important links to databases and resources. It is especially helpful to community planners and local governments who are looking for information about AoA programs, especially those with grant opportunities. The AoA website is also a tremendous source of information on older demographics, organizing and making available U.S. Census and other sources of related information.