August 12, 2015

News of Interest for Older Americans

New Website and Resource:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a new website,, which consolidates several services for older Americans, including information on healthy aging, elder justice, Social Security, and Medicare. The website was launched in coordination with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The White House holds a Conference on Aging each decade to “identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life for older Americans.” The conference brings together legislators, policy leaders, community activists, and others to consider ways to better meet the needs of older Americans going forward.

Connecticut Ranks High in Well Being of Older Americans
Gallup’s new report, “State of American Well-Being” ranks each state according to the well-being of older Americans. The report measured the following five categories: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. Connecticut ranks 10th overall, with high marks in the social (8th), financial (13th), and physical (2nd) well-being categories. The report takes into account several factors, including exercise frequency, healthy eating habits, and access to a personal doctor. Hawaii ranked 1st overall, and West Virginia ranked last.

The “Oldest Old”
In other news, the New York Times profiled New YorkCity’s “oldest old” population, those age 85 and older. The age group is one of the city’s fastest growing demographic groups.