Federal Report Details Health, Economic Status of Older Americans

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Today’s older Americans enjoy longer lives and better physical function than did previous generations, although, for some, an increased burden in housing costs and rising obesity may compromise these gains, according to a comprehensive Federal look at aging. The report, Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being, tracks trends at regular intervals to see how older people are faring as the U.S. population grows older. In 2010, 40 million people age 65 and over accounted for 13 percent of the total population in the U.S. In 2030, the number and proportion of older Americans is expected to grow significantly—to 72 million, representing nearly 20 percent of the population said the report, by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. The 176-page report provides a broad description of areas of well-being that are improving for older Americans and those that are not. Thirty-seven key indicators are categorized into five broad areas—population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and healthcare. This year’s report also includes a special feature on the end of life.

Press Release: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2012/nia-16.htm

Full Report: http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/main_site/default.aspx

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