Older Americans 2012: 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 John Wren, Administration on Aging (AoA); Steven B. Cohen, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Thomas Nardone, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); Howard Hogan and Nancy Potok, U.S. Census Bureau; Thomas Reilly, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Raphael W. Bostic, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Joseph Piacentini, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA); Kathy Sykes, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Edward Sondik, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS); Richard Suzman, National Institute on Aging (NIA); Ruth Katz, 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); Manuel de la Puente, Social Security Administration (SSA); and Dat Tran, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The following members of the Forum agencies reviewed the chart book and provided valuable guidance and assistance: Nancy Gordon, U.S. Census Bureau; Jennifer Madans, NCHS; William Marton, ASPE; John Haaga, NIA; Anja Decressin, EBSA; and Susan Grad, SSA.
The Forum’s planning committee members include Robert Hornyak, AoA; David Kashihara and D.E.B. Potter, AHRQ; Emy Sok, BLS; Amy Symens Smith and Samantha Cole, U.S. Census Bureau; Gerald Riley, CMS; Meena Bavan, HUD; Miranda Moore, Daniel Puskin and Song Yi, EBSA; Kathy Sykes, EPA; Ellen Kramarow and Julie Dawson Weeks, NCHS; John Phillips, NIA; Helen Zayac Lamont, ASPE; Jennifer Park and Rochelle Wilkie Martinez, OMB; Ingrid Goldstrom, Beth Han, and Jennifer Solomon, SAMHSA; Howard Iams, SSA; Jin Kim, VA; and the Forum’s Staff Director, Traci Cook.
In addition to the 15 agencies of the Forum, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) was invited to contribute to this report. The Forum greatly appreciates the efforts of Patricia Guenther, Hazel Hiza, and Kellie O’Connell, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA, in providing valuable information from their agency.
Other staff members of Federal agencies who provided data and assistance include Jennifer Klocinski, AoA; Rachel Krantz-Kent and Geoffrey Paulin, BLS; Deborah Kidd, Chris McCormick, Maggie Murgolo, and Joseph Regan, CMS; Ellen Baldridge and Rhonda Thompson, EPA; Carolyn Lynch, HUD; Robin Cohen, Nazik Elgaddal, Ginny Freid, and Cynthia L. Ogden, NCHS; Vicky Cahan, NIA; Lynn Fisher, SSA; and Peter Ahn, and Linda Bergofsky, VA.
The Forum is also indebted to the people outside the Federal government who contributed to this chart book: Gwen Fisher, Cathy Liebowitz, and David Weir, University of Michigan; Xianfen Li, Harris Corporation.
Member agencies of the Forum provided funds and valuable staff time to produce this report. NCHS and its contractor, American Institutes for Research (AIR), facilitated the production, printing, and dissemination of this report. Simone Robers and Melissa Wentzel, AIR, managed the report’s production process. Katie Mallory, AIR-MacroSys, designed the layout and supervised the overall presentation of the report; Richard Devens, First XV Communications, provided consultation and editing services. Patricia L. Wilson, CDC, managed the printing of the report.