Category: Aging

Dementia Mortality in the United States, 2000–2017

A new NCHS report presents data on mortality attributable to dementia. Data for dementia as an underlying cause of death from 2000 through 2017 are shown by selected characteristics such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and state of residence. Trends in dementia deaths overall and by specific cause are presented. The reporting of Read More >

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Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being

Released today, the report, “Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being” takes a close look at older adults in the United States, as they live longer and face new economic, health care, and residential living challenges. Older Americans are in better economic shape now than they were four decades ago. In 1974, the proportion of Read More >

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Report examines racial differences in nursing homes

In 2004, 11% of the 1.3 million nursing home residents aged 65 and over in the United States were black. Recent research suggests that black nursing home residents may be more likely than residents of other races to reside in facilities that have serious deficiencies, such as low staffing ratios and greater financial vulnerability. The Read More >

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New stats on end-of-life care in nursing homes

Data from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey (most recent available) sheds light on end-of-life (EOL) care in nursing homes. One in four residents began EOL care before being admitted to a nursing home. Nursing home residents receiving EOL care were older, more functionally and cognitively impaired, and more likely to have reported pain in Read More >

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Alzheimer’s Disease Prevalence Data

Periodically we receive questions about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States.  At the National Center for Health Statistics we don’t track the prevalence of the disease other than in terms of mortality and hospice and nursing home care. The National Institutes on Aging have produced prevalence estimates and projections as has the Office Read More >

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