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Sponsored by The National Council on Aging and CareSource

Healthy Aging Briefing Series

Trends in Health and Aging: Data for Grant Proposals and much more…


This session will begin promptly at 1:30pm ESTPlease mute your phonePersonal introductions are not necessaryThe moderator will be on the line shortly

healthy aging briefing

Healthy Aging Briefing

Trends in Health and Aging:

Data for Grant Proposals

and much more…

Lena Gorina, MS, MPH

Laurie Pratt, PhD

National Center for Health Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Trends in Health and Aging is a bilingual (English and Spanish) NCHS web-site supported by NIA


What you can find on our web-site:

1. Navigation tools, contact information, featured Trends

Featured Trends (coming)


What you can find on our web-site:

2. Resources: Power Point Presentations, Aging Trends reports, useful links, Teaching Modules


What you can find on our web-site:

3. Tables on a variety of topics, and

4. Instructions and hints on how to use the data.


Choose the topic you are interested in (diabetes) and type it in the Search Tables window or select the topic (e.g. Chronic Conditions)


Topic: Chronic Conditions. The list of the tables appears.

First, see the “movie” on how to use the tables, then click on the title of the prevalence of chronic conditions table.




Prevalence of major chronic conditions, 1997-2004. Two-year moving (rolling) average. Age – 65 years old and over (age-adjusted)


The prevalence of diabetes among persons age 65 and over

increased from 13% in 1997 to 17% in 2004. View the data by race and Hispanic origin and/or by sex.


Rearrange the table to view it by age group. Some estimates are missing – put a pointer over to see why. Find the demographic group with highest prevalence.


Planning to use our data on the regular basis? Download the software and view the tables on your desktop


In 2002, the average annual health care expenditures of persons 65 and over with diabetes were $16,500. It was $10,300 for persons without diabetes.


Build a chart:In 2002, Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes and stroke had the highest health care expenditures, followed by those with mental disorder.


Draw a map: In 2002-2004, diabetes among older adults was most prevalent in Mississippi and West Virginia.


Click on the information iconto learn more about the source of the data, survey questions, or calculation methods.


What else can you do with these tables?

      • Nest data by age and sex. Sort data by state. See on-line tutorial for further details.
      • Download the data in Excel, comma-delimited, and other formats.
      • Perform statistical tests to compare the estimates and evaluate the trends.
      • Save on your desktop and work off-line.
      • View tables in Spanish.
possible uses of the data from the trends in health and aging web site
Possible uses of the data from the Trends in Health and Aging web-site
  • Research
  • Teaching materials
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Grant proposals
  • Journalism
  • Health promotion programs
  • Planning and evaluation
  • Health care facility/agency planning
  • Student papers
  • Business planning
  • Marketing
case study describing the mental health of older americans
Case study: Describing the mental health of older Americans
  • Mortality
    • Suicide
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Prevalence
  • Health Care Utilization
    • Outpatient
    • Prescription drugs
    • Inpatient
mortality from mental illness national vital statistics system
Mortality from mental illness: National Vital Statistics System
  • The suicide rate of older men declined in the 1990’s.
  • Men 85 years of age and older have a higher suicide rate than any other age-sex group.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease, an important cause of death in the elderly, is mentioned (any mention) on the death certificate more often than it is cited as the underlying cause of death.
mortality from alzheimer s disease as underlying cause of death or any mention by age 2003
Mortality from Alzheimer’s Disease as underlying cause of death or any mention, by age, 2003

Death rate per 100,000 population


Source: National Vital Statistics System

serious psychological distress spd
Serious Psychological Distress (SPD)
  • National Health Interview Survey
  • Six questions about frequency of symptoms of psychological distress (the K6)
  • Scores above cut-off point indicate psychological distress serious enough to cause impairment in social, occupational or school functioning
prevalence of spd in adults by age and sex 2003 2004 nhis
Prevalence of SPD in adults by age and sex: 2003-2004 NHIS



Source: National Health Interview Survey

health care utilization
Health Care Utilization
  • Outpatient
    • Person-based data: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
    • Visit-based data: drug mentions from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
  • Inpatient: National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS)
national health interview survey person based data
National Health Interview Survey: person-based data
  • Seeing or talking to a mental health professional in the past year
    • Persons over 65 years of age rarely consult mental health specialists.
    • The rate at which persons over 65 years of age consulted mental health professionals increased significantly between 1997-98 and 2003-04.
national ambulatory medical care survey namcs drug mentions
National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS): Drug mentions
  • Women are prescribed more central nervous system (CNS) drugs than men.
  • The rate of CNS drug mentions has increased greatly over the past 15 years.
  • Despite the lower rate of contact with mental health professionals among older people, older people are prescribed more CNS drugs than are younger people.
central nervous system drug mentions by age and sex 2003 04
Central Nervous System Drug mentions by age and sex, 2003-04

Mentions per 100 population


Source: NAMCS

national hospital discharge survey nhds inpatient hospitalizations length of stay
National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS): Inpatient hospitalizations, length of stay
  • Length of stay for all diagnoses decreased between 1980 and 2003.
  • The rate of decrease of length of stay for diabetes and mental illness was similar.
  • The length of stay for hip fracture fell more precipitously.
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