FORUM (August 16, 2012): Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being

Publication Date: 
Thu, 08/16/2012


Just last year, the oldest members of the "Baby Boom" generation (that is, Americans born between 1946 and 1964) turned 65. As has been the case since the birth of this cohort, this very large generation will bring important challenges to the systems and institutions that support and enhance American life. Although many Federal agencies provide data on aspects of older Americans' lives, it can be difficult to fit the pieces together. Thus, it has become increasingly important for policymakers and the general public to have an accessible, easy-to-understand portrait of how older Americans fare.

Older Americans 2012:  Key Indicators of Well-Being (Older Americans 2012) provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand picture of our older populations' health, finances, and well-being. It is the sixth such chartbook prepared by the Federal Intragency Form on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum). Readers will find here an accessible compendium of indicators drawn from the most reliable official statistics. The indicators are again categorized into five broad groups:  Population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. In addition, the report contains a special feature on end-of-life care and place of death.

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