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.

Toolkit: 2018 National Nutrition Month Webinar: A Conversation with Lance Robertson

March 15, 2018

In celebration of National Nutrition Month the Assistant Secretary for Aging, Mr. Lance Robertson was featured in the National Nutrition and Aging’s Resource Center (NRCNA) webinar on March 14, 2018. The webinar provided an overview of Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs (OAANP) programs & their critical importance of these programs to helping older adults maintain… Read more »

An Overview of Food Insecurity Coding in Health Care Settings – Existing and Emerging Opportunities

March 12, 2018

Despite the increase in interest and attention to food insecurity in health care settings, available health care terminology and codes to document food insecurity and related activities are both underutilized and under-developed. Promoting and improving opportunities to document assessments and interventions related to food insecurity in electronic health records (EHRs) are critical for: Enabling documentation… Read more »

Webinar: Self-Reported Oral Health Data vs. Oral Screening Data: What’s the Story?

March 1, 2018

This session will highlight the oral health status – and recommendations for improvement – of older adults discovered through research. We will share findings detailing the oral health status of older adults who live independently and typically participate in senior center activities. We will review methods followed and summarize findings regarding oral disease/condition of the… Read more »

Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits: An Overview

January 20, 2018

Access to oral health care for low-income adults is a persistent challenge in the United States. Poor oral health can elevate risks for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and can lead to lost workdays, reduced employability, and the preventable use of costly acute care. As many states expand Medicaid coverage for adults… Read more »

Better Care Playbook

January 4, 2018

The Better Care Playbook is part of an effort led by The Peterson Center, The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation to offer you the latest information and resources on how to provide better care for people with complex needs. The rapidly evolving policy and… Read more »

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 »