In order to make effective and sustainable decisions, it is important to be familiar with national and local datasets and analyses which reveal important environmental and operational trends, including:

Population shifts, including age, ethnicity/race and socio-economic status
Trends in health status, physical functioning, wellbeing and health care utilization
Availability of family and community support and geographic isolation
Utilization of Older Americans Act services
And many other important factors.

Recognizing and Addressing Malnutrition in our Communities

August 14, 2017

Malnourished older adults are commonly discharged without a diagnosis or dietary plan. To help address community follow-through, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveyed several kinds of community-based organizations (CBOs) to learn what they need to bolster their ability to identify and treat malnutrition – the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub. This Resource Hub targets transitions… Read more »

Challenges for Latino Older Adults

February 7, 2017

t is projected that by 2019, the Hispanic population aged 65  will be the largest racial/ethnic minority in this age group. The National Hispanic Council on Aging reports that nearly one in five Hispanic older adults lives in poverty compared to ~7% of non-Hispanic White older adults. Poverty, access to health services, and senior hunger are… Read more »

Characteristics of Elderly Individuals Participating in and Eligible for SNAP

October 26, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals purchase food so that they can obtain a nutritious diet. Historically, elderly adults (age 60 or older) have participated in SNAP at lower rates than the general population. Tracking the characteristics of elderly individuals participating in or eligible for SNAP and evaluating trends in elderly SNAP… Read more »

2016 Older Americans Key Indicators of Well-being

October 25, 2016

This report is the seventh prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics and released August 2016. Sixteen Federal agencies collaborate to monitor and report national-level statistics on the well-being of older Americans, making it easy for the public to understand key trends that affect the health and well-being of older Americans. The 179-page… Read more »

Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs Evaluation: Meal Cost Analysis

November 9, 2015

Nutrition Service Programs (NSP), administered by the Administration on Aging (AOA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Older Americans Act (OAA), represents a key component of America’s strategy for ensuring that the health and social needs of older adults are adequately met…. Read more »

Special Issue 2015: Home- and Community-Based Meal Services for Older Adults

August 28, 2015

The goal of this Special Issue of the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics is to feature state-of-the-field original articles that provide research-based insight into different programs and approaches that deliver nutrition-related home- and community-based services (HCBS). This is the first single body of work that details many facets of evidence regarding these programs,… Read more »

The State of Grandfamilies in America 2014

April 15, 2015

Grandfamilies or kinship families are families in which children reside with and are being raised by grandparents, extended family members, and adults with whom they have a close family relationship, such as godparents or close family friends. About 7.8 million children live in grandfamilies in the United States and about 2.4 million children are being… Read more »

America’s Health Rankings

April 15, 2015

The America’s Health Rankings are based on an analysis of social, individual and public health measures such as public health expenditure, preventable hospitalization, primary care physician data, chronic disease prevalence, educational attainment, obesity and risky behaviors like smoking and physical inactivity. Available on the America’s Health Rankings site are an annual report, a senior focused… Read more »

Health 2013

April 15, 2015

Health, United States, 2013 is the 37th annual report on the health status of the Nation and is submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the President and Congress. It contains detailed tables and charts on health status and its determinants, health care resources, health care utilization, and health insurance and expenditures.

An Aging Nation: The Older Population in the United States

April 16, 2015

This report examines how the age structure of the U.S. population is expected to change over the coming decades and focuses on the older population in terms of age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. The U.S. population is projected to grow older over the next several decades and the racial and ethnic composition of the… Read more »

The Baby Boom Cohort in the United States: 2012 to 2060

April 16, 2015

This report examines changes in the U.S. population over the coming decades, with a focus on the baby boom cohort and its future role in shaping the demographic composition of the United States. The size and structure of this population will have implications for researchers, policy makers, health care professionals, and others seeking to anticipate… Read more »

Healthy People 2020

April 16, 2015

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People 2020. Healthy People 2020 is the result of a multiyear process that reflects input from a diverse group of individuals and organizations.

A Profile of Older Americans: 2013

April 16, 2015

A Profile of Older Americans: 2013 is a compilation of the latest key statistics on older Americans in key subject areas, including both narrative and statistical charts on future growth, marital status, race and ethnic composition, living arrangements, poverty, housing, income, education, employment, health and health care status, as well as disability and activity limitations.

ACL Releases Profile of Older Americans

May 13, 2015

A Profile of Older Americans: 2013 is a compilation of the latest key statistics on older Americans in key subject areas, including both narrative and statistical charts on future growth, marital status, race and ethnic composition, living arrangements, poverty, housing, income, education, employment, health and health care status, as well as disability and activity limitations.

State of Aging in America 2013

April 16, 2015

The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 is the sixth volume of a series that presents a snapshot of the health and aging landscape in the United States. This series presents the most current information and statistics, often specifically commissioned for the report, on the health of older adults. The State of Aging… Read more »