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Concentration of Health Expenditures in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014

Categories: Children,Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

https://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st497/stat497.pdf

In 2014 health care spending accounted for 17.5% of the U.S. GDP, yet only 5% of the population accounted for over half of all health care spending.  This report tracks spending among sub-populations based on age and insurance status.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0539/POST-PN-0539.pdf

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015

Categories: Children,Elderly,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-258.pdf

The SPM extends the official poverty measure by measuring the effect of government assistance programs.  Reports that under the SPM measure 45.7 million individuals in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2015 including 11.9 million children and 6.5 million adults age 65+.  From the Census Bureau

 

401(K) Plans: DOL Could Take Steps to Improve Retirement Income Options for Plan Participants

Categories: Elderly,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/678924.pdf

Finds that many 401(k) plan sponsors do not offer annuities or other plans for helping participants make their savings last for a long retirement.  This report examines what is known about lifetime income options in 401(k) plans, barriers to their inclusion in plans, and alternatives for participants who don’t choose a lifetime income option.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Report and Recommendations: Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation Through Community Networks

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/082016_cfpb_Networks_Study_Report.pdf

This report presents recommendations to existing networks to enhance their community’s collaborative efforts to fight financial exploitation of elderly people.  Offers nine specific recommendations.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

New Drugs for Dementia

Categories: Elderly,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0535/POST-PN-0535.pdf

Provides an overview of dementia, current treatments, and potential new drugs.  Also examines the challenges in developing new drugs and ensuring patient access.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County, 2015

Categories: Disability,Elderly,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_sc/2015/oasdi_sc15.pdf

Annual publication which provides data on the Social Security population at the local level.  Presents statistics on the number and type of beneficiaries and the amount of benefits paid in each state and county.  Also shows the number of men and women aged 65 or older receiving benefits.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Nursing Home Compare

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

https://www.medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare/About/Short-Stay-Residents.html

Offers several new quality measures for short-stay residents at nursing homes in their comparison and ratings site for U.S. nursing homes.  New measures include percentage of short-stay residents who were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission and percentage who were successfully discharged to the community.  From Medicare.gov

 

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