Finding data sets and facts on aging and geriatrics is not difficult, but it can be very time consuming. Here, we offer some statistics and links to graphs, tables, and data sets that you can use to add deeper layers to your message or create a visual image to complement your words.
Fast Facts - Compelling facts, figures, and statistics on geriatrics and aging that are useful in adding context to your message.
Tables, Graphs, and Maps – Facts on aging in a visual format. Easily reproduced, they can add a visual punch to your presentations or reports.
Data Sets – Facts on aging in data tables or reports that you can extract to create your own visual images for your presentations.
In addition, HSRmethods.org is an online resource from AcademyHealth that provides current information on key research methods and resources in health services research (HSR) and aims to spur dialogue about analytic methods among health services researchers.
One resource to help you make sense of your statistics is www.stats-help.com, a free statistical consulting service staffed by volunteers. www.stats-help.com's purpose is to provide prompt, reliable, and understandable information about data analysis to its clients.
Statistics/Facts on Aging. A compilation of facts on aging, compiled by SCP specifically for Hartford grantees, summarized in list form. Select from facts on demographics, geriatric opportunities and challenges, or training needs for doctors, nurses, and social workers.
ADGAP The ADGAP Status of Geriatric Workforce Study tracks progress in faculty development, growth of medical school based academic programs, and teaching programs for medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as the practice of geriatrics. Data from the study can be used to determine whether recently implemented programs have strengthened physicians' geriatrics training and practice across the United States; to help guide future national policy; and to increase recognition of the importance of geriatric research and training programs.
The Silver Book® A searchable database of more than 1,000 facts and figures about our aging population compiled and maintained by the Alliance for Aging Research.
Kaiser Fast Facts is a great health policy resource from the Kaiser Family Foundation featuring "QuickTakes" and "Kaiser Slides"– two tools providing direct access to facts, data and slides about the nation's health care system and programs, in an easy-to-use format.
FastStats. Alphabetically organized statistics on public health topics maintained by the Centers for Disease Control.
Snapshots. Facts, figures, and statistics prepared by the Administration on Aging (AoA) using census data. Look at A Statistical Profile of Older Americans Aged 65+ as a starting point.
Factfinder. Easy-to-find facts on a user friendly Web site maintained by the US Census Bureau. Several sections provide facts on population and aging, as well as the healthcare business sector.
Facts for Features. A special compilation of facts about older Americans prepared by the US Census Bureau.
Internet Resources on Aging. A list of resources, compiled by AARP. Includes links to references, databases, demographics, and statistics on aging.
Tables, Graphs, and Maps
ADGAP. The ADGAP Status of Geriatric Workforce Study tracks progress in faculty development, growth of medical-school-based academic programs, and teaching programs for medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as the practice of geriatrics. Several graphs, tables, and charts are available.
Online Statistical Data on the Aging. A wealth of links to online statistics on the demographics, health, social conditions, and economics of older adults gathered in one place.
Factfinder Maps. Color coded thematic maps, prepared by the US Census Bureau, showing geographic patterns in statistical data, such as elderly populations or income levels.
We the People, Aging in the U.S. The tables and charts in this 16 page report, prepared by the US Census Bureau, graphically illustrate the demographics of our aging population.
Life Expectancy at Age 65 Years, by Sex and Race. Graphs illustrating life expectancy, prepared by the Centers for Disease Control.
Trends in Health and Aging. Graphs and charts on aging are available in this PowerPoint presentation from the Centers for Disease Control.
Statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics, with a special section devoted to data summaries on aging, can be found here. The tools on DataFerrett let you create charts and graphs from over 20 aging related topics including health care utilization, life expectancy, and mental health.
Elderly demographics and the socioeconomic status of the aging and elderly can be found in this special Web page, which contains detailed data tables and reports prepared by the US Census Bureau.
The State of Aging and Health in America 2007 This report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Merck Company Foundation presents the most current national data available on 15 key health indicators for older adults related to health status, health behaviors, preventive care and screening, and injuries. The “State-by-State Report Card” provides similar information for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and enables states to see where they are on each indicator as well as in relation to other states. An interactive version of the report is available at: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/saha/
Summary of Aging Statistics. These facts are taken from government-sponsored surveys and products and compiled by the Federal Inter-Agency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.
US Administration on Aging compiles census data on aging. Topics include minority aging, disabilities data, and projections of future growth of the older population. Some useful data sets:
Aging into the 21st Century. The future elderly population is characterized in 20 data tables that address population, marital status, and household information as well as information about labor force participation, income, education, living arrangements, and life expectancy. This includes a section on projected health conditions among the elderly (life expectancy, health status, disability, and nursing home usage).
US Census Bureau Web site has population projections and household economic studies, including health insurance and Americans with disabilities. You can also find business demographics for the healthcare and social assistance sector.
National Nursing Home Survey: Current Resident Tables are now available online.The detailed Current Resident Tables are from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS) and were prepared by the Division of Health Care Statistics, Long-Term Care Statistics Branch. Nursing home residents are tabulated by facility characteristics (ownership, certification, beds, geographic region, location, and affiliation), descriptive demographics (age at interview, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino origin), and other characteristics including activities of daily living (ADLs), continence, all sources of payment, length of time since admission (in days), primary diagnoses, medications, vaccinations, physical restraints, advance directives, falls, fractures, weight management, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations.