Q: A friend of mine heard a radio report recently about a comprehensive analysis of older Americans that sounds very interesting. Apparently, it comes from something referred to as "The Forum." Are you aware of anything like this?
A: Not really. However, I was able to retrieve something called "The Older Americans 2004: Key Indicators of Well-being." On the chance that it might be what you are looking for, the following might be helpful.
The report is the second comprehensive analysis of the lives of older Americans compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. The goal of the forum is to improve the quality and usefulness of data on aging.
The following are some highlights of the report:
o Population: Older Americans have attained higher levels of education. In 1950, 17 percent of the older population had graduated from high school and only 3 percent had at least a bachelor's degree. By 2003, 72 percent were high school graduates and 17 percent had at least a bachelor's degree.