Health Indicators of Elderly 2016

Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being is one in a series of periodic reports to the Nation on the condition of older adults in the United States. In this report, 41 indicators depict the well-being of older Americans in the areas of Population, Economics, Health Status, Health Risks and Behaviors, Health Care, and Environment. This year’s report also includes a special feature on informal caregiving. Selected highlights from each section of the report follow.

In 2014, about 1.2 million people age 65 and over were residents of nursing homes. Nearly 780,000 people of that age lived in residential care communities such as assisted living facilities. In both settings, people age 85 and over were the largest age group among residents.

While the number of hospital stays remained fairly stable from 1992 to 2013, the average length of stay in the hospital decreased steadily over time. In 1992, the average length of stay in the hospital for a Medicare beneficiary was 8.4 days; by 2013 the average length of stay had decreased to 5.3 days (Indicator 29: Use of Health Care Services).

Here is the report: older-americans-2016