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Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being


In 2010 the 65+ demographic constituted 13 percent of all Americans. By 2030, they will explode to nearly 20 percent of the overall population. The Federal Interagency Forum on Age-Related Statistics shares statistical data on aging across federal agencies. Reports posted every two years are available online and are available for community planners and local leaders. The current report is Older Americans 2012:Key Indicators of Well-Being and is available in online sections on the site. Community planners and local leaders seeking data and analysis on aging, particularly with regard to health indicators or medical expenditures should utilize this resource.

Key Points

The site itself has hosted its Key Indicators of Well-Being reports since 2000. Most community planners or local leaders will want to access the 2012 report which is extremely helpful for gathering specific charts or points of information. While site highlights focus on the 2012 report, the user should note that the website also hosts past reports on a variety of health/medical topics under “Resources.” Those are worth exploring for topics like consumer or medical expenditures, crime reports, or health reports.

Other site highlights include:

  1. The report uses easy to understand language regarding the overall condition of the 65+ demographic using 37 key indicators, grouped into five sections: Population, Economics, Health Status, Health Risks and Behaviors, and Health Care.
  2. More older women are working today. The report cites that 45 percent of women between ages 62-64 are now working, up from 29 percent since 1963. The report also cites that older Americans are better off financially, worse off with regard to housing, more obese than ever, and increasingly using hospices.

How to Use

Rich in statistical charts and downloads, community planners and local leaders can use this resource to gather facts for projecting trends in their own localities. The report not only tracks demographical statistics, but also how these demographic groups spend their time, their medical expenditures, andtheir health conditions that can be improved (diet, physical activity, air quality, etc.). As such, it provides planners and community leaders with the data necessary to implement changes that will make significant differences in the lives of older residents.

View full report: Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being (PDF – 3.3 MB)

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