The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg
reports that the U.S. Census Bureau has released a Special Studies report, 65+ in the United States: 2005. Commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, the report provides a picture of the health and socioeconomic status of the aging population. It highlights striking shifts in aging on
a population scale and also describes changes at the local and family levels, examining, for example, changes in family structure as a result of divorce. The report also analyzes
data for the population age 65 and older, disaggregated into narrower age groups where possible. Topics covered in the study include: population growth, longevity and health,
economic characteristics, geographic distribution, social profile, diversity by race and Hispanic origin, and future implications.