Older Americans 2008: 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 planning committee and reviewed by the Forum’s principal members, which
include Josefina Carbonell, Administration on Aging (AoA); Steven Cohen, Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Thomas Nardone, Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS); Howard Hogan, U.S. Census Bureau; Thomas Reilly, Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS); Jean Lin Pao, Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD); Joseph Piacentini, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA); William
Sanders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Edward Sondik, National Center for
Health Statistics (NCHS); Richard Suzman, National Institute on Aging (NIA); Steven
Tingus, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department
of Health and Human Services; Katherine K. Wallman, Office of Management and Budget
(OMB); Daryl Kade, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA);
Susan Grad, Social Security Administration (SSA); and Dat Tran, Department of Veterans
The following members of the Forum agencies reviewed the chartbook and provided
valuable guidance and assistance: Frank Burns, AoA; Nancy Gordon, U.S. Census Bureau;
Jennifer Madans, NCHS; Ruth Katz, ASPE; and Ray Vogel, VA.
The Forum’s planning committee members include Saadia Greenberg, AoA; David Kashi-hara
and D.E.B. Potter, AHRQ; Emy Sok, BLS; Karen Humes and Kevin Kinsella, U.S. Census
Bureau; Gerald Riley, CMS; Meena Bavan and Cheryl Levine, HUD; Anja Decressin, EBSA;
Kathy Sykes, EPA; Ellen Kramarow and Julie Dawson Weeks, NCHS; John Haaga, NIA;
William Marton, ASPE; Rochelle Wilkie Martinez, OMB; Ingrid Goldstrom and Lisa Park,
SAMHSA; Howard Iams, SSA; Linda Bergofsky and Christine Elnitsky, VA; and the Forum’s
Staff Director, Kristen Robinson.
In addition to the 15 agencies of the Forum, the Department of Agriculture (USDA)
and the Department of Education (ED) were invited to contribute to this report.
The Forum greatly appreciates the efforts of Patricia Guenther and WenYen Juan,
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA; and Sheida White, National Center
for Education Statistics, ED, in providing valuable information from their agencies.
Other staff members of Federal agencies who provided data and assistance include
Jennifer Klocinski, AoA; Rachel Krantz-Kent and Geoffrey Paulin, BLS; Marcella Jones,
U.S. Census Bureau; Rick Andrews, Franklin Eppig, Deborah Kidd, Chris McCormick,
Maggie Murgolo, and Joseph Regan, CMS; Janet F. Cakir, EPA; Carolyn Lynch, HUD;
Robert Anderson, Amy Bernstein, Liming Cai, Robin Cohen, Ginny Freid, Lauren Harris-Kojetin,
Melonie Heron, James Lubitz, and Rhonda Robinson, NCHS; Elizabeth Hamilton and Vicky
Cahan, NIA; Anne DeCesaro and Lynn Fisher, SSA; and Peter Ahn, Jin Kim, and Cathy
The Forum is also indebted to the people outside the Federal government who contributed
to this chartbook: Mohammed Kabeto, Kate McGonagle, Robert Schoeni, Frank Stafford,
and David Weir, University of Michigan.
Member agencies of the Forum provided funds and valuable staff time to produce this
report. NCHS and its contractor, NOVA Research Company, facilitated the production,
printing, and dissemination of this report. Odell D. Eldridge, NOVA, designed
the layout and supervised the overall presentation of the report, Kyung Park, NOVA,
designed and produced the data tables, Megan M. Cox and Demarius V. Miller, CDC/CCHIS/NCHM/Division
of Creative Services, Writer-Editor Services Branch, provided editorial oversight
and review. Patricia L. Wilson, CDC/OCOO/MASO, managed the printing of the report.