AHA will monitor our long-term progress to achieving our shared vision through tracking outcome measures established by the AHA measurement subcommittee. This page enables users to view the metrics identified to monitor the efforts. Each domain area is below, including general measures. General measures are provided to understand the demographic landscape of New Hampshire.

General Measures

DEMOGRAPHICS

Percentage of population age 65 years and over: Statewide

NH Number National
Overall 65+ 17.59% Overall 65+ 15.61%
65-69 years 6.06% 65-69 years 5.17%
70-74 years 4.50% 70-74 years 3.94%
75-79 years 2.83% 75-79 years 2.68%
80-84 years 1.96% 80-84 years 1.83%
85 years and over 2.24% 85 years and over 1.99%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2017)

 

Percentage of population age 65 years and over: County

NH Number National
Belknap 21.54% Not Applicable
Carroll 27.05%
Cheshire 19.31%
Coos 23.20%
Grafton 20.05%
Hillsborough 15.34%
Merrimack 17.77%
Rockingham 17.26%
Strafford 14.63%
Sullivan 21.01%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2017)

 

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older: By sex

  NH Number National
Male 8.05% 6.93%
Female 9.54% 8.69%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2017)

 

Percentage of adults aged 60 years and older that are minorities

NH Number National
3.6% 24.5%

Source: Administration for Community Living, Aging Integrated Database (2015)

 

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older that live alone

NH Number National
10.1% 10.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2016)

 

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older that has a bachelor’s degree or higher

NH Number National
30.6% 25%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2016)

 

Percentage of adults who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT)

NH Number National
3.9% 10%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Gallop, Williams Institute UCLA School of Law (2016)

 

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who are Veterans

NH Number National
19.9% 47.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2016)

 


 ECONOMICS

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who live in households at or below 100% of the poverty threshold

NH Number National
6.1% 9.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2017)

 


WELLNESS AND PREVENTION

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who reported that their health is very good or excellent

NH Number National
51.3% 41.2%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2017)

 


MENTAL HEALTH

Number of days in the past 30 days when adults aged 65 years and older reported their mental health was not good

NH Number National
2.0 2.4

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2017)

 

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who report having cognitive difficulty

NH Number National
6.9% 9.0%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2017)

 

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who report subjective cognitive decline or memory loss that interferes with their ability to engage in social activities or household chores

NH Number National
22.7% 29.9%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2016)

 


CHRONIC DISEASE

Percentage of Medicare enrollees aged 65 years and older with four or more chronic conditions

NH Number National
31.6% 37.8%

Source: United States Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2017)

 


Fundamental needs are met

FOOD

Percentage of adults aged 60 and older who faced the threat of hunger in the last 12 months

NH Number National
10.1% 15.8%

Source: National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, the State of Senior Hunger in America (2017)

 

Total number of meals served by Meals on Wheels Programs (including home-delivered and congregate)

NH Number National
1,824,694 207,047,759

Source: Administration for Community Living, Aging Integrated Database (2016)

 


SAFETY

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported having a fall within the last 12 months

NH Number National
28.0% 28.7%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2017)

 

Number of fall-related hospital/emergency room visits for adults aged 65 and older

NH Number National
65 – 69 296.77 visits No Comparative
70 – 74 360.99 visits
75 – 79 504.18 visits
80 – 84 757.18 visits
85+ 1,130.50 visits

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Prevention and Control (2009)

 


INFORMATION ABOUT SERVICES

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older that have access to the Internet

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have a working cell phone

NH Number National
89% 91%

Source: National Member Opinion Survey, NH Findings, AARP (2012)

 


SHELTER/WARMTH

Adults aged 65 and older in the past 12 months who were unable to pay mortgage, rent, or utility

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 

Adults aged 65 and older who are experiencing homelessness

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


TRANSPORTATION

Adults aged 65 and older who are able to access transportation to destinations of their choice

No statewide data available, however, community-level data is available through Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission

 


A broad range of living
arrangements are available

PLANNING AND ZONING

Target planning and zoning regulations achieved: Statewide and Community

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT LIVING AT HOME

Communities or individuals serviced by organizations supporting “living at home”

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


 CHOICE AND SATISFACTION

Percentage of people aged 55 and older who rated their community as excellent or very good as a place for older people to live.

NH Number National
54.0% 61.0%

Source: National Member Opinion Survey, NH Findings, AARP (2012)

 

Adults aged 65 and older who are satisfied with their living arrangement

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 

Adults aged 65 and older who are planning for a different living arrangement

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 

Adults aged 65 and older who are concerned about their future living arrangement

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


AFFORDABLE

There are no existing measures at this time

 


HOME MODIFICATIONS OPTIONS

There are no existing measures at this time

 


Support provided to
caregivers and families

ACCESS TO INFORMATION ON SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

A guide to services for older adults exists

NH National
Yes N/A

Source: NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adults Services (2018)

*NH DHHS Division of Long-Term Supports and Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services produces a “Guide to Services” document. In addition, NH 211 and NHCarePath have searchable databases for serves.

 

Awareness of services and supports

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


CAREGIVER EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS           

Availability of informational guides on a variety of issues for NH Caregivers

NH National
Yes N/A

Source: Provided by multiple organizations

 

Number of community programs for NH Caregivers: Geographically Distributed

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


FLEXIBLE FUNDING TO MEET
UNIQUE NEEDS OF CAREGIVERS

An average amount of out of pocket spending on caregiving, as reported by adults 18 years and older.

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


MORE CONSISTENT PAY FOR FORMAL, PAID CAREGIVERS

There are no existing measures at this time

 


RESPITE CARE

Availability of respite care options

NH Number National
Yes N/A

Source: NH Department of Health and Human Services, ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Center Searchable Database

Awareness of respite care options

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


Social and civic engagement
options are plentiful

PAID AND VOLUNTEER WORK OPPORTUNITIES

Percentage of people aged 65 and older who report volunteering in the past 12 months

NH Number National
26% 26%

Source: Corporation for National and Community Service (2017)

 


ACTIVE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

Percentage of people aged 65 and older who are experiencing frequent mental distress

NH Number National
6.5% 7.3%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2016)

 


CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES ARE PLENTIFUL

There are no existing measures at this time

 


MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS WITH FAMILY,
FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS

There are no existing measures at this time

 


Quality physical and mental wellbeing supports are in place

ACCESS TO PREVENTATIVE CARE

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who reported having a personal doctor or health care provider

NH Number National
96.0% 94.8%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2017)

 

Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who reported not being able to see a doctor because of cost

NH Number National
10.3% 13.0%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2016)

 


ACCESS TO MEDICAL, MENTAL HEALTH,
AND PALLIATIVE CARE

Number of Medicare Managed Care Enrollees

NH Number National
27,796 18,478,199

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, (2017)

 

Percentage of geriatricians required to meet an estimated need of the aging population

NH Number National
54.8% 65.7%

Source: American Geriatrics Society (2017)

 

Availability of quality paid direct care/paid caregivers

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 

Adults aged 65 years and older who did not take prescribed medications because of cost

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 

Unmet needs for support services

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


PLANNING FOR END OF LIFE CARE

Adults aged 65 years and older that have a legal document that describes what care you would want or not want if you needed care and were not able to make those decisions for yourself? Some names for this are “advance directive”, “living will”, and “POLST” (Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment)

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


Advocates for elder issues are effective

CULTURAL VIEW OF ELDERS IS POSITIVE/REALISTIC

There are no existing measures at this time

 


LAWS ARE ELDER FRIENDLY

Target legislative agenda is successful

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 


AGING ISSUES ARE A COMMUNITY-WIDE PRIORITY

Adults, 18 years and older, interested in how their community invests in well-being, signaling a broader expectation for well-being

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time

 

NH DHHS Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services publishes a newsletter called “Aging Issues”

NH National
Yes N/A

Source: NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (2018)

 


ADVOCACY INFRASTRUCTURE

State Commission on Aging is in Place

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time as one has not been established

 

Functioning advocacy infrastructure

No reliable and/or valid indicator available at this time