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If you need background information for a research project, a report or a presentation, here are some suggestions for resources.

The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/main_site/default.aspx) is a great resource. The report titled Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being provides useful graphics to illustrate where older Americans and their families rank in terms of population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. This content, including a slide presentation, is freely available and in the public domain.

There is also a new report on the financial impact of the economic recession of 2008, Aging Forum Report, Issue No. 1, December 2009, available on this site that contains a review of the known factors influencing the economic impact on older Americans. This report contains valuable information for researchers on available data files measuring various aspects of the economic well-being of Americans aged 55 and older.

A useful graphic for teaching, particularly when teaching students who have very little understanding of the historical factors that influence cohorts of the population, is the file here titled Cohort Timeline.

About the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics: Cohort Timeline.pdf

The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) was initially established in 1986, with the goal of bringing together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data. The Forum has played a key role by critically evaluating existing data resources and limitations, stimulating new database development, encouraging cooperation and data sharing among Federal agencies, and preparing collaborative statistical reports. In addition to the original three core agencies (National Institute on Aging, National Center for Health Statistics and Census Bureau), the organizing members of the Forum now include senior officials from the Administration on Aging, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in HHS, Social Security Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.