Reports: Health

Status Check: Technology and Home Modification to Help Older Minnesotans Live Well at Home
Minnesota Board on Aging, November 2017, 5 pp.
This document provides a snapshot of progress made on technology and home modifications to help older Minnesotans live well at home. The 2000 Long-Term Care Task Force envisioned a long-term care system that meets people’s needs and preferences for help when they need it, and the use of technology is critical for attaining this vision.   more info >

Serving America's Older Adults
National Association of Area Agencies of Aging, July 2017, 44 pp.
This report summarizes findings from the 2016 National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging, which gathered information on staffing, budget and services, as well as new and innovative initiatives underway at many AAAs across the country.   more info >

America's Health Rankings: Senior Report 2017
United Health Foundation, May 2017, 140 pp.
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 34 measures of senior health. This year's report notes, among other things, national improvements in several clinical care measures and challenges in community & environment measures related to nutrition and access to healthy foods.   more info >

Title III-E Caregiver Services
Wilder Research, April 2017
The Minnesota Board on Aging was interested in exploring how available funds for caregivers have been spent and what caregivers, service providers, and aging experts say about current and future needs and services. Specifically, the report explores how federal and state resources made available through Title III-E of the Older Americans Act have been configured, offered, and used in Minnesota and what might be done to optimize the value of these resources in the future.   more info >

How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans
Population Reference Bureau, February 2017, 12 pp.
A growing body of research shows that living in disadvantaged neighborhoods--characterized by high poverty--is associated with weak social ties, problems accessing health care and other services, reduced physical activity, health problems, mobility limitations, and high stress. This report summarizes recent research on the association between neighborhood conditions and the health and well-being of older adults.   more info >

Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics, October 2016, 179 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 >

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 >

Creating a Dementia Capable Health Care Home - An Evaluation of an Essentia Health Initiative
Wilder Research, June 2016, 29 pp.
Essentia Health received a grant to design and implement new strategies for a dementia capable health care home model. Wilder Research conducted an evaluation of the Dementia Capable Health Care Home Project.   more info >

The Unmet Need for Care: Vulnerability Among Older Adults
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, April 2016, 6 pp.
This brief explores factors in the unmet need for care among older adults. Many older adults are frail, have difficulty meeting their daily needs, and do not have family members or friends to turn to in times of need. Unmarried individuals and those who live alone are more likely than others to need care but not receive it.   more info >

An Aging World: 2015
U.S. Census Bureau, March 2016, 175 pp.
Examines the challenges and global implications presented by the world's population aging at an unprecedented rate. This report looks at past, current, and projected numbers, proportions, and growth rates of older populations and summarizes socioeconomic statistics for both developed and developing nations.   more info >

Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, January 2016, 18 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 >

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 >

Survey of Older Minnesotans
Minnesota Board on Aging, December 2015, 95 pp.
This is an ongoing survey given to monitor the changing needs, assets and expectations of older persons in the state. The information can be used to improve the design and targeting of public programs, and to help researchers and policy makers better understand Minnesota's older population.   more info >

Effects of the Great Recession on Older Americans' Health and Well-Being
Population Referene Bureau, November 2015, 7 pp.
This report summarizes research on the effects of the recession on the health and well-being of older Americans and the potential implications for health care systems, retirement decisions, and future Social Security payments.   more info >

Later Retirement, Inequality in Old Age, and the Growing Gap in Longevity Between Rich and Poor
Brookings Institute, October 2015, 174 pp.
Explores the gap between lifetime Social Security benefits received by poor and less educated workers and the benefits received by high-income and well educated workers, which is widening in favor of higher income workers.   more info >

Addressing the Health Needs of an Aging America: New Opportunities for Evidence-Based Policy Solutions
The Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy, July 2015, 136 pp.
This study maps health policy recommendations for the aging to the body of research evidence. Researchers conducted a scoping study and policy scan to identify unique stakeholder policy recommendations and studies related to the health of the aging population. An expert panel then used these results to organize the information into 10 usable policy categories, presenting a comprehensive view of the best-available evidence and policy activity around healthcare for older adults.   more info >

Caregiving in the United States 2015
National Alliance for Caregiving, July 2015, 87 pp.
This report provides detailed profiles of different subpopulations of family caregivers, including information on caregivers age 75 and older, higher hour caregivers, male and female caregivers, and multicultural caregivers. It also explores the challenges facing caregivers in the workplace.   more info >

The Livability Economy: People, Places, and Prosperity
AARP, July 2015, 28 pp.
This report shows how livability initiatives contribute to improved economic performance and a more vibrant, desirable, and competitive environment for housing and commercial investment. The framework of the report focuses on design factors that feature four livability outcomes that benefit older adults and people of all ages, including compactness, integration of land uses, housing diversity, and transportation options.   more info >

Creating Age-Friendly Communities
Wilder Research, May 2015, 88 pp.
An assessment of the needs of aging residents in southwest Minnesota for the Southwest Initiative Foundation.   more info >

Aging in the United States
Population Reference Bureau, December 2014, 23 pp.
This report examines recent trends and disparities among adults ages 65 and older, and how baby boomers will reshape America’s older population.   more info >

Housing an Aging Rural America: Rural Seniors and Their Homes
Housing Assistance Council, October 2014, 48 pp.
This report explores the impact that a rapidly aging rural population will have on social, economic, and housing systems. Most seniors wish to remain and age in their homes as long as possible, but rural elders are increasingly experiencing challenges with housing affordability and quality. Rural communities will need to develop a range of housing options in order to enhance the lives of seniors and provide cost-effective options.   more info >

Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers
AARP, September 2014, 120 pp.
Measures state-level performance of long-term services.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
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 >

Elderly Immigrants in the United States
Population Reference Bureau, October 2013, 9 pp.
Profile of immigrants who are older adults: demographic trends, economic circumstances, living arrangements, and health.   more info >

Highlights from Eight Exemplary Community Organizations
National Council on Aging, September 2013, 9 pp.
This report explores how strong, local multi-sector collaborations have emerged around healthy aging and evidence-based programming by highlighting eight exemplary community organizations from across the country that have successfully leveraged collaborative networks to sustain healthy aging programs.   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 >

The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap: A Look at Future Declines in the Availability of Family Caregivers
AARP Public Policy Institute, August 2013, 12 pp.
This paper uses a “caregiver support ratio” to document the declining availability of family caregivers to provide long-term services and supports between 1990 and 2050. It documents the dramatic widening of the care gap nationally, and highlights sociodemographic trends that may influence the future supply of family support for the frail older population.   more info >

North Dakota's Aging Population
North Dakota State University, June 2013, 4 pp.
This brief presents a picture of the health, finances and well-being of adults ages 65 and older in North Dakota. The brief focuses on well-being indicators including population, health care, economics, health risks, and behaviors and health status as well as cognitive impairment and caregiving.   more info >

Act on Alzheimer's: Pilot Communities' Use of the Dementia-Capable Communities Toolkit
Greater Twin Cities United Way, June 2013, 44 pp.
ACT on Alzheimer's is a statewide collaboration seeking to address the personal, social, medical, and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. This report discusses the experiences of four pilot communities using the Dementia Capable Community Toolkit.   more info >

Caregivers to Older Adults
Wilder Research, June 2013, 58 pp.
A study of informal caregivers in the Twin Cities to learn what kinds of support and services caregivers find most helpful and to identify ways in which caregivers might be better served through available resources.   more info >

Home alone: Family caregivers providing complex chronic care
AARP Public Policy Institute, October 2012, 50 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 >

2012 Twin Cities LGBT aging needs assessment survey report
PFund Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way, October 2012, 23 pp.
Results of a needs assessment of the health, well-being, and service needs among aging LGBT community members.   more info >

Hennepin County Aging Initiative, Community Focus Group Project: What are Older Adults Thinking About the Next 15 Years?
Hennepin County, May 2012, 90 pp.
Focus groups were held with Hennepin County residents age 55-65 to gather information about how they see their lives and their expectations for health care, housing, transportation and other services in the next fifteen years.   more info >

The long run has become the short run: Budget implications of demographic change
Minnesota State Demographic Center, February 2011, 26 pp.
Examines the effect of an aging population on the state budget between 2011 and 2020.   more info >

Love of car: Transportation as we age
Minnesota Gerontological Society, January 2011
A video and supplemental material that features solutions to the driving cessation and community mobility issues facing older adults.   more info >

Status of long-term care in Minnesota 2010: A report to the Minnesota Legislature
Continuing Care Administration, August 2010, 76 pp.
This report provides an update on the current status of the state’s long-term care system for older Minnesotans. It includes demographic trends; estimates of the need for long-term care among older persons in the state; and the status of home and community-based services, senior housing and nursing homes serving older persons.   more info >

New realities of an older America: Challenges, changes and questions
Stanford Center on Longevity, August 2010, 84 pp.
More and more Americans are reaching old age, and older Americans make up an increasingly large share of the population. This report aims to increase awareness of this major demographic change and resulting challenges, and also to stimulate discussion about best practices and policies that suit this new reality.   more info >

What will keep family caregivers caring? Policy alternatives for Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Human Services, March 2009, 5 pp.
Summarizes the increasing demand for family caregivers to assist older adults in maintaining their quality of life. Presents policy alternatives in three areas -- caregiver support services, caregiver financial support, and working caregiver support.   more info >

2009 Alzheimer's disease facts and figures
Alzheimer's Association, January 2009, 80 pp.
Statistical resource for U.S. data related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The report includes definitions of the types of dementias and a summary of current knowledge about Alzheimer's disease. Additional sections address prevalence, mortality and lifetime risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, as well as paid and family caregiving and use and costs of care and services.   more info >

State budgets and older adult services: 2009 Minnesota survey
AARP, January 2009, 18 pp.
Results of a survey designed to explore the views of Minnesota voters about the state budget. Topics include the view of respondents about the importance of services provided by the state and what they are willing to pay in increased taxes to maintain state services. Includes the results of specific questions about long-term care costs and services.   more info >

2008 AARP North Dakota Member Survey
AARP North Dakota, December 2008, 20 pp.
A survey of AARP North Dakota members asked about views on long-term and in-home care, transportation, taxes, and personal concerns.   more info >

Evaluation of the AARP Red Hat Society Step and Stride with Ruby: A year-long walking program
AARP, July 2008, 91 pp.
Evaluation of a year-long walking program that supports the notion that a program with intact social groups can increase the likelihood of individuals remaining in an exercise program over an extended period of time.   more info >

Consumer Directed Community Supports for older adults in Minnesota: Final report
Minnesota Department of Human Services, September 2007, 66 pp.
Final report describing consumer response to the Consumer Directed Community Supports program in Minnesota, a cash and counseling option for older adults.   more info >

Healthy moves: Replication report
Partners in Care Foundation, September 2007, 26 pp.
Exercise program to encourage frail, low-income, and diverse older adults to adopt a more active lifestyle.   more info >

Healthy Ideas: Replication report
Care for Elders, August 2007, 30 pp.
An evidence-based program designed to detect depression and reduce the severity of depressive symptoms among community-dwelling older adults.   more info >

Medication Management Improvement System: Replication report
Partners in Care Foundation, July 2007, 34 pp.
A collaborative approach to indentifying, assessing, and resolving medication problems in community-dwelling older adults.   more info >

A blueprint for 2010: Preparing Minnesota for the age wave
Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Board on Aging, June 2007, 67 pp.
Identifies the impacts of the aging of Minnesota's population and to transform our policies, infrastructures and services so that Minnesota can thrive as this demographic shift occurs.   more info >

The health benefits of volunteering: A review of recent research
Corporation for National & Community Service, April 2007, 20 pp.
Studies showing that volunteering leads to improved physical and mental health.   more info >

Growing older in America: The Health & Retirement Study
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2007, 108 pp.
A national sample of adults over 50 were interviewed to gather information about their physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial situations, family support systems, work status, and retirement planning.   more info >

Partners on the PATH: Replication report
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, December 2006, 31 pp.
Program that helps older adults with chronic conditions gain more control of their health and increase their confidence in dealing with the challenges of living with a chronic disease.   more info >

Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide
AARP, January 2005, 162 pp.
Guide to help community members assess the capacity of their community to meet the needs of older adults. Provides guidance on conducting a community survey to measure community livability, includes innovative ideas and success stories from communities throughout the U.S., and suggests additional resources. Topics include transportation, safety, housing, health services, and more.   more info >

Dementia caregiver intervention research: In search of clinical significance
The Gerontological Society of America, October 2002, 13 pp.
Reviews dementia caregiving interventions and their outcomes.   more info >

Chronic Disease Self-Managment Program
Stanford School of Medicine, January 1996, 3 pp.
Evidence-based program used in community settings to give people the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.   more info >

The State of Aging and Health in America
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, November -0001
This report series provides the most current data on 15 key indicators of older adult health at the national and state levels, as well as calls to action, state success stories, and other resources. Its aim is to provide state and local level public health and aging services professionals with the data they need for grant writing, program planning, and priority setting, while also giving suggestions for tools and informational resources that will support using this data for action.   more info >

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