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Reports: Health

Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, November 2022, 20 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually.   more info >

2021 Home and Community Preferences Survey: A National Survey of Adults Age 18-Plus
AARP, November 2022
This survey focuses on the needs and wants of older adults with regard to housing, transportation, outdoor spaces, and social engagement and isolation.   more info >

Family Caregiver Considerations for the Future of Hospital at Home Programs
AARP Public Policy Institute, August 2022, 13 pp.
The Hospital at Home (HaH) model shifts care into the home setting and delivers acute hospital-level care to eligible patients where they live instead of in a hospital. This brief presents four detailed Family Caregiver Considerations that HaH models can incorporate into policy and program design to best support patients and family caregivers.   more info >

Rising Obesity in an Aging America
Population Reference Bureau, July 2022, 13 pp.
Examines recently published work of National Institute on Aging-supported researchers probing the health impact and social consequences of obesity.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, June 2022
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

Caregiving in a Diverse America: Beginning to Understand the Systemic Challenges Facing Family Caregivers
National Alliance for Caregiving, October 2021, 44 pp.
Based on data from the report "Caregiving in the U.S. 2020," this report expands upon the diverse experiences of family caregivers and provides important policy recommendations to help aid family caregivers in their important tasks.   more info >

2022 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
Alzheimer's Association, May 2021, 122 pp.
An annual report on U.S. data related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. This report includes a summary of current knowledge about Alzheimer's disease, information on prevalence, mortality and lifetime risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and the experiences of primary care physicians related to Alzheimer's and dementia.   more info >

Meeting the Needs of Today’s Older Adults
National Association of Area Agencies of Aging, December 2020, 36 pp.
This report summarizes findings from the 2019 National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging, which gathered information on staffing, budget and services, as well as new and innovative initiatives underway at many AAAs across the country.   more info >

Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics, October 2020, 184 pp.
Biennial report that provides a comprehensive picture of older adults' health and well-being in the United States. It uses data from over a dozen national data sources to construct five broad indicators of well-being for older adults (population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors and health care) and to monitor changes in these indicators over time.   more info >

Advancing Action, 2020: A State Scorecard on Long-term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers
AARP, September 2020, 64 pp.
Measures state-level performance of long-term services and supports from the viewpoint of user services and their families.   more info >

Vital Voices: Issues That Impact North Dakota Adults Age 45 and Older
AARP North Dakota, July 2020, 28 pp.
Vital Voices delivers state-specific data on the needs and opinions of older adults regarding health, caregiving, economic security, and other issues in order to inform policy and program development.   more info >

Caregiving in the United States 2020
National Alliance for Caregiving, May 2020, 107 pp.
This report provides detailed profiles of different subpopulations of family caregivers, including information on caregivers age 75 and older, higher hour caregivers, male and female caregivers, and multicultural caregivers. It also explores the financial and workplace challenges facing caregivers.   more info >

America's Health Rankings: Senior Report 2020
United Health Foundation, May 2020, 140 pp.
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 34 measures of senior health. This year's report includes, among other things, information on the risk of social isolation among seniors, and challenges in community and environment measures related to nutrition, exercise, and health.   more info >

Redesigning Retirement and Human Resource Programs to Support Longer Lives
Stanford Center on Longevity, October 2019, 8 pp.
Explores ways in which employers can redesign their retirement and benefit programs and human resource policies to meet the needs of older workers and enhance the productivity of an aging workforce.   more info >

Home Alone Revisited: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care
AARP Public Policy Institute, April 2019, 63 pp.
The role of family caregivers has dramatically expanded to include performing medical/nursing tasks of the kind and complexity once provided only in hospitals. The key findings outlined in this report focus on the medical/nursing tasks that family caregivers performed and the general lack of training and support they received.   more info >

Caregiving in Context: A Study of Family, Friend, and Community Caregivers' Networks of Support
Wilder Research, February 2019, 2 pp.
Summary of a survey that gathered information about caregivers’ connections with both formal and informal supports, the sources and means of getting information related to their needs, as well as the events and circumstances that shaped their caregiving experience.   more info >

Dementia Resources Compendium
University of North Carolina Wilmington, College of Health & Human Services, June 2018, 14 pp.
A selection of free, web-based resources related to dementia care practices and recommendations.   more info >

Serving America's Older Adults
National Association of Area Agencies of Aging, July 2017, 44 pp.
This report summarizes findings from the 2016 National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging, which gathered information on staffing, budget and services, as well as new and innovative initiatives underway at many AAAs across the country.   more info >

How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans
Population Reference Bureau, February 2017, 12 pp.
A growing body of research shows that living in disadvantaged neighborhoods--characterized by high poverty--is associated with weak social ties, problems accessing health care and other services, reduced physical activity, health problems, mobility limitations, and high stress. This report summarizes recent research on the association between neighborhood conditions and the health and well-being of older adults.   more info >

Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary
The National Academies Press, July 2016, 155 pp.
Summarizes information gathered at a workshop on Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults. Discusses how access to healthy food is impacted by geographic, financial, and transportation barriers.   more info >

The Unmet Need for Care: Vulnerability Among Older Adults
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, April 2016, 6 pp.
This brief explores factors in the unmet need for care among older adults. Many older adults are frail, have difficulty meeting their daily needs, and do not have family members or friends to turn to in times of need. Unmarried individuals and those who live alone are more likely than others to need care but not receive it.   more info >

Later Retirement, Inequality in Old Age, and the Growing Gap in Longevity Between Rich and Poor
Brookings Institute, January 2016, 88 pp.
Explores the gap between lifetime Social Security benefits received by poor and less educated workers and the benefits received by high-income and well educated workers, which is widening in favor of higher income workers.   more info >

Capacity to Care - Caregiver Services
Wilder Research, January 2016, 38 pp.
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation identified caregiving as a strategic priority and developed services to support caregivers and strengthen resources. The replication guide describes Wilder's activities to implement this initiative, the outputs achieved, resources necessary for launching each component, and lessons learned.   more info >

Effects of the Great Recession on Older Americans' Health and Well-Being
Population Referene Bureau, November 2015, 7 pp.
This report summarizes research on the effects of the recession on the health and well-being of older Americans and the potential implications for health care systems, retirement decisions, and future Social Security payments.   more info >

Addressing the Health Needs of an Aging America: New Opportunities for Evidence-Based Policy Solutions
The Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy, July 2015, 136 pp.
This study maps health policy recommendations for the aging to the body of research evidence. Researchers conducted a scoping study and policy scan to identify unique stakeholder policy recommendations and studies related to the health of the aging population. An expert panel then used these results to organize the information into 10 usable policy categories, presenting a comprehensive view of the best-available evidence and policy activity around healthcare for older adults.   more info >

The Livability Economy: People, Places, and Prosperity
AARP, July 2015, 28 pp.
This report shows how livability initiatives contribute to improved economic performance and a more vibrant, desirable, and competitive environment for housing and commercial investment. The framework of the report focuses on design factors that feature four livability outcomes that benefit older adults and people of all ages, including compactness, integration of land uses, housing diversity, and transportation options.   more info >

2014 North Dakota Caregiving and Financial Security Study Briefs
AARP, January 2015, 6 pp.
Results from surveys of North Dakota registered voters age 45 and older regarding  financial security, family caregiving, and their opinions on proposals to support family caregivers in the state.    more info >

Aging in the United States
Population Reference Bureau, December 2014, 23 pp.
This report examines recent trends and disparities among adults ages 65 and older, and how baby boomers will reshape America’s older population.   more info >

Housing an Aging Rural America: Rural Seniors and Their Homes
Housing Assistance Council, October 2014, 48 pp.
This report explores the impact that a rapidly aging rural population will have on social, economic, and housing systems. Most seniors wish to remain and age in their homes as long as possible, but rural elders are increasingly experiencing challenges with housing affordability and quality. Rural communities will need to develop a range of housing options in order to enhance the lives of seniors and provide cost-effective options.   more info >

Evidence Matters: Aging in Place
US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, September 2013, 32 pp.
This edition of HUD's Evidence Matters publication focuses on aging in place. It includes articles on the trends underpinning the issue and looks at programs and policies for older adults that are accommodating a shift away from institutional living and toward aging in place with supports. Also includes articles that look at efforts to measure health cost savings and examples of community-centered solutions for aging at home.   more info >

North Dakota's Aging Population
North Dakota State University, June 2013, 4 pp.
This brief presents a picture of the health, finances and well-being of adults ages 65 and older in North Dakota. The brief focuses on well-being indicators including population, health care, economics, health risks, and behaviors and health status as well as cognitive impairment and caregiving.   more info >

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AARP Livability Index
The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. on indicators related to housing, environment, transportation, safety, health services, and more.   more info >

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