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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Hunger in North Dakota 2018: A Report on the Charitable Food Network
Great Plains Food Bank, September 2018, 123 pp.
This is a comprehensive study of trends in food insecurity, and the household demographics, coping strategies, health status, and use of nutrition programs by individuals who have sought emergency food assistance in North Dakota. 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 >
State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2018
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2018, 18 pp.
Provides national and state-specific information on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental support within each state. more info >
State of American Well-Being: 2017 State and Community Rankings for Incidence of Diabetes
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, December 2017, 12 pp.
This report, part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, examines the incidence of diabetes in 190 communities nationwide and across all 50 states. more info >
Food Insecurity, Chronic Disease, and Health Among Working-Age Adults
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July 2017, 31 pp.
This report documents the strong correlation between food security status and chronic health conditions among working age adults living at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty line. more info >
Fourth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota
, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, December 2016, 174 pp.
Provides a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state of North Dakota. 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 >
Mortality Trends Among Working-Age Whites: The Untold Story
The Commonwealth Fund, January 2016, 12 pp.
Recent research has shown an unexpected rise in death rates among middle-aged, white Americans between 1999 and 2014. While increased substance abuse and suicides explain the elevated mortality rates for younger adults, middle-aged whites also seem to be experiencing stalled or rising mortality rates for most ailments and diseases. While a national phenomenon, middle-aged whites face much more adverse mortality trends in certain states and regions. more info >
Brain Injury in the Homeless Community - Where Do We Go from Here
Wilder Research, January 2016, 10 pp.
Summary of a dialogue intended to create ideas for more effective and sustainable approaches to the identification and support of people who are homeless and have brain injuries. 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 >
Valuing the invaluable 2015 Update: Undeniable Progress, but Big Gaps Remain
AARP Public Policy Institute, July 2015, 25 pp.
This report updates national and individual state estimates of the economic value of family care using the most current available data. The estimated economic value of family caregivers’ unpaid contributions toward the care of adults with limitations in daily activities was approximately $450 billion in 2009, up from an estimated $375 billion in 2007. 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 >
Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, January 2014, 120 pp.
Explores ways to improve the health of Americans by focusing on experiences in early childhood, opportunities that communities provide for people to make health choices, and the mission and incentives of health professionals and health care institutions. 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 >
Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , June 2013, 477 pp.
The purpose of this report is to provide tobacco control programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with state-specific valid and reliable data about the high-impact strategies they are currently or could be implementing and measures to track their progress. more info >
Social connectedness and health: A resource for the Connect for Health Challenge
Wilder Research, March 2012, 8 pp.
This summary piece includes key measures of social connectedness in Minnesota, including its influence on health outcomes. Suggestions for ways that communities can promote greater levels of social connectedness are also introduced. more info >
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 >
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, this website focuses on specific factors that affect health, such as education and income. The County Health Rankings address what is making people sick or healthy, while the roadmaps show what can be done to create healthier places to live. more info >