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State: District of Columbia
Subject Matter: Older Americans 2012 - Key Indicators of Well-Being
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 Just last year, the oldest members of the “Baby
Boom” generation (that is, Americans born
between 1946 and 1964) turned 65. As has been
the case since the birth of this cohort, this very
large generation will bring important challenges
to the systems and institutions that support and
enhance American life. Although many Federal
agencies provide data on aspects of older
Americans’ lives, it can be difficult to fit the
pieces together. Thus, it has become increasingly
important for policymakers and the general public
to have an accessible, easy-to-understand portrait
of how older Americans fare.
Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-
Being (Older Americans 2012) provides a
comprehensive, easy-to-understand picture of
our older population’s health, finances, and
well-being. It is the sixth such chartbook
prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on
Aging-Related Statistics (Forum). Readers will
find here an accessible compendium of indicators
drawn from the most reliable official statistics.
The indicators are again categorized into five
broad groups: population, economics, health
status, health risks and behaviors, and health
care. In addition, the report contains a special
feature on end-of-life care and place of death.
Many of the estimates reported in Older
Americans 2012 were collected in 2008 and 2009.
Thus, many of the indicators in this report reflect
the experience of older Americans during this
economically challenging time period. What has
yet to be reported here is the longer-term impact
of the recession and its financial disruptions. In
response, the Forum has initiated a closer look
at the earnings, savings, and income of older
Americans, particularly given recent changes
to retirement and pension plans. Those findings
will be shared in a future report.

Document Author: Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
Firm/Company: Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
Document Date: August 1, 2012
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