This list of gerontology resources is part of the EBSS Reference Sources & Services Committee's Statistical Directory. You can view the entire directory here: Note: some of the gerontology related statistics links were gathered from Paul Bern’s Numeric Data Services and Martha Bonney’s Internet Resources to Teach about Aging ----
AARP. “AARP Policy and Research Statistics.” http://www.aarp.org/research/reference/statistics/ (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- Includes categories for research reports, fact sheets, speeches, news releases, congressional testimony, legal dockets, opinion. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States with over 35 million members. "AARP's staff of policy analysts, economists, attorneys, researchers and industry experts specializes in a vast range of topics relating to older adults and aging both domestically and globally."
National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging. http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACDA/ (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- "The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), located within ICPSR, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. NACDA acquires and preserves data relevant to gerontological research, processing as needed to promote effective research use, disseminates them to researchers, and facilitates their use." Some data is available online and some is only available proprietarily via ICPSR.
US General and Demographic
Area Administration on Aging. “Statistics on the Aging Population.“ http://www.aoa.gov/prof/Statistics/statistics.asp (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- Population, demographics, housing, economic conditions, health status, etc. Over 15 resources, compiled by Administration on Aging.
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. “Aging Stats.gov.” http://www.agingstats.gov/ (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, which was established in 1986 with the goal of “bringing together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data”, collects this data for the Older Americans 2004: Key Indicators of Well-Being report about population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. The 2000 report and links to other federal data sources are also available.
US Census Bureau. “Age Data.” http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/age.html#older (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- National, State, and County levels.
Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. Page created 29 July 2004. http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/wls/index.html (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- “(WLS) is a long-term study based on a random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. A companion sample contains comparable data for a randomly selected sibling of most respondents. WLS data cover social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service, labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics, health and well-being, and retirement.”
US Census Bureau. “International Programs Center Products and Services.” http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/publist.html (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- The Census Bureau's site includes several aging related publications, such as:
- Kinsella, Kevin and Yvonne J. Gist. 2001. “An Aging World, 2001.“ November 2001. http://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/p95-01-1.pdf (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- Kinsella, Kevin and Yvonne J. Gist. “Older Workers Retirements and Pensions A Comparative International Chartbook.” December, 1995. http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/ipc95_2.html (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- Lawson, Valerie A. and Victoria A. Velkoff. “International Brief: Gender and Aging Caregiving.” 1998 http://www.census.gov/ipc/prod/ib-9803.pdf (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- Kinsella, Kevin and Yvonne J. Gist. “Gender and Aging: Mortality and Health.” 1998. http://www.census.gov/ipc/prod/ib98-2.pdf (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration. Bureau of the Census. “Old Age Security Reform in China.” 1995. http://www.census.gov/ipc/prod/ib95-1.pdf (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
United Nations. “World Population Prospects. The 2004 Revision Population Database.” http://esa.un.org/unpp/index.asp?panel=6 (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- “The 2004 Revision is the nineteenth round of official United Nations population estimates and projections prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat.”
Health and Healthcare
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Research, Statistics, Data and Systems.” http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/rsds.asp (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- "Broad range of quantitative information on Medicare's programs, from estimates of future Medicare and Medicaid spending to enrollment, spending, and claims data. CMS also offers a broad range of consumer research to help its partners and staff.”
National Center for Health Statistics. “Aging Activities- Trends in Health and Aging.” http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/agingact.htm (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- Aging Activities is at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Aging Activities' mission is to perform research and analysis and to disseminate data on the health and health care utilization of aging Americans. The website includes "Data Warehouse on Trends in Health and Aging," a collection of data tables providing information on trends of health and health care use by older Americans (viewable online), and "Longitudinal Studies of Aging," a family of surveys designed to measure changes in health status, health-related behaviors, health care utilization, and the causes and consequences of these changes within and across two cohorts of elderly Americans (data is not online but CD-ROM's of the data are available).
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Health and Medical Care Archive.” http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/HMCA/ (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- "Subject matter of the data collections in HMCA... include surveys of health care professionals, investigations of access to medical care, evaluations of innovative programs for the delivery of health care, and surveys on substance abuse." Some of these statistics are only proprietarily available through ICPSR
Retirement and Finance
National Institute of Aging. “Health and Retirement Study.” http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/ (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- The "Health and Retirement Study (HRS) surveys more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. Supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA U01AG09740), the study paints an emerging portrait of an aging America's physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial status, family support systems, labor market status, and retirement planning. HRS data products are available without cost to researchers and analysts. User Registration is required in order to download files."
Social Security Administration. “Office of Policy: Data” http://www.ssa.gov/policy/data.html (Accessed Sept. 29, 2006).
- “The Office of Policy is the agency's source for statistics on the impact and operations of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs and on the earnings of the working and beneficiary populations. The office develops and maintains a series of detailed statistical databases, prepares a broad range of statistical tables, produces statistical compilations and publications both in print and on the Internet, and develops information for special requests on current policy issues.”