Americans Living Longer, Enjoying Greater Health And Prosperity, But Important Disparities Remain

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ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2008) “” Average life expectancy continues to increase, and today’s older Americans enjoy better health and financial security than any previous generation. However, rates of gain are inconsistent between the genders and across age brackets, income levels and racial and ethnic groups. Some critical disparities also exist between older Americans and older people in other industrialized countries.
These and other trends are reported in Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being, a unique, comprehensive look at aging in the United States from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.

Older Americans 2008, the fourth chartbook prepared by the Forum since 2000, provides an updated, accessible compendium of indicators, drawn from the most reliable official statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and over. The indicators are categorized into five broad areas–population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors and health care. The 160-page report contains data on 38 key indicators–and a one-time special feature on health literacy.

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