Below are links to organizations and agencies that monitor, analyze, and update data.
These resources are useful to help you learn the needs of your community and determine what to fund.
Administration for Community Living Profile of Older Americans
Narrative analysis of national statistics and trend data; summaries on topics including marital status, ethnicity, poverty, and housing; summaries updated annually.
Aging Integrated database (AGID)
Provides access to state-level data related to aging.
Quick estimates of state-level data related to aging presented in maps or charts. Data source: State-level data from a variety of sources. Easy to access state-level summaries and comparisons of data related to aging including population size, ethnicity/race, poverty levels, and mobility.
More complicated to use but allows creation of customized, multiyear tables. Data sources: AoA data, Census data, American Community Survey data. For example, the American Community Survey database can be used to create tables analyzing state-level demographic data for adults 60+ focused on marital status, disability status, education level, employment, grandparent responsibilities, poverty status, or householder relationships.
Provides national and state-based research on the needs, concerns, and interests of AARP members and the 50+ population. Reports and fact sheets can be searched by keyword or by scanning general topic areas. Topics covered include: general demographics, health and health care, economic security and work, and volunteering and giving.
The AARP Public Policy Institute
Conducts the public policy research and analysis that AARP uses to inform its advocacy efforts at the state and federal level. The analysis is typically conducted using data from a variety of sources, including Census Bureau data and AARP’s own surveys and statistics. The available reports and fact sheets can be searched by keyword or by scanning general topic areas.
Provides updated fact sheets on Census data of older Americans. Each April, before Older Americans month in May, the Census Bureau provides an updated profile of older adults, including statistics on education, jobs, income and wealth, homeownership, voting, and population distribution.
Centers for Disease Control
Features statistics and research on aging and preventing disease, aging and mental health, and other health-related topics.
National Institute on Aging
Health and Retirement Study, Growing Older in America is a longitudinal study of more than 20,000 Americans age 50+ across the country. The Growing Older in America narrative report provides national level data in four broad areas: health, work and retirement, income and wealth, and family characteristics.