Older Americans 2000: Key Indicators of Well-Being is a report of the
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum). This report was
prepared by the Forum’s chartbook working group and reviewed by the Forum’s
The Forum’s chartbook working group members include Saadia Greenberg,
Administration on Aging; Ryan Helwig and Diane Herz, Bureau of Labor Statistics;
Victoria Velkoff and Jane Lawson Dye (until 1999), Census Bureau; Gerald Riley,
Health Care Financing Administration; Ellen Kramarow and Julie Dawson Weeks,
National Center for Health Statistics; Rose Maria Li, National Institute on
Aging; William Marton, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and
Evaluation (Department of Health and Human Services); Virginia de Wolf, Office
of Management and Budget; and Susan Grad, Social Security Administration. The
Forum’s Staff Director, Kristen Robinson (National Center for Health
Statistics), and Presidential Management Intern, Andrea Pernack, provided
leadership and coordination for the chartbook working group. Their knowledge and
expertise, coupled with their considerable energy, enthusiasm, patience, and
persistence, were fundamental to the success of this new endeavor.
In addition to the nine organizing agencies of the Forum, agencies in the
Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the
Department of Transportation (DOT) were invited to contribute to this report.
The Forum greatly appreciates the efforts of Nadine Sahyoun, Center for
Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA; Patsy Klaus, Bureau of Justice Statistics,
DOJ; and Esther Wagner, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT, in
providing valuable information from their agencies.
The following staff members of the Forum agencies reviewed the chartbook and
provided valuable guidance and assistance: Diane Justice, Administration on
Aging; Daniel Waldo, Health Care Financing Administration; Harold Lentzner and
Jennifer Madans, National Center for Health Statistics; Richard Suzman and
Terrie Wetle, National Institute on Aging; Mary Harahan and Ruth Katz, Office of
the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (Department of Health and
Human Services); and Paul Van de Water, Social Security Administration.
Other staff members of Federal agencies who provided data and assistance
include Geoffrey Paulin, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Valerie Lawson, Census
Bureau; Paul Eggers and David Gibson, Health Care Financing Administration;
Yelena Gorina and Laurie Pratt, National Center for Health Statistics; Vicky
Cahan, National Institute on Aging; Emil Loomis, Suzanne Payne, and Mikki Waid,
Social Security Administration; and Arthur Kennickell, Board of Governors of the
The Forum is also indebted to the many people outside the Federal government
who contributed to this chartbook: Harold Cooper, CHD Research Associates; Alan
Gustman, Dartmouth College; Kenneth Manton, Duke University; Carolyn Sherman,
Sherman and Associates; Thomas Steinmeier, Texas Tech University; Honggao Cao,
Regula Herzog, Mingching Luoh, and Mary Beth Ofstedal, University of Michigan;
Korbin Liu, Urban Institute; Cynthia Aragon; and the many staff members from the
Health and Retirement Study, the National Long Term Care Survey, and the Panel
Study of Income Dynamics.
The National Center for Health Statistics provided overall leadership and
coordination for the production of this report. The Social Security
Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and
Evaluation (Department of Health and Human Services), and the National Institute
on Aging provided financial support for this report. Other members of the Forum
provided valuable staff and administrative support.
The report was produced under a contract to the Population Reference Bureau.
Mark Mather coordinated and managed the project. Theresa Kilcourse created the
graphics and overall design of the report. Lisa Hisel provided editorial
oversight and review. John Haaga and Ellen Carnevale provided general oversight.
The HCR Consulting Group provided administrative assistance for many of the