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
American Geriatrics Society (AGS). The Geriatrics Workforce Policy Studies Center at AGS provides clear, accessible data and geriatrics training and healthcare delivery issues for policymakers, government agencies, the media, and the public as well as for healthcare professionals and others with an interest in the geriatrics workforce.
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.
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.
Longitudinal Studies of Aging is a multicohort study of people 70 years of age and over designed primarily to measure changes in the health, functional status, living arrangements, and health services utilization of two cohorts of Americans as they move into and through the oldest ages.
The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 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 here.
Older Americans 2012:
Key Indicators of Well-Being. This report provides data on the 37 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.
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.