Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report is a resource for cities and towns across Massachusetts to better understand their communities and the older adults who live there.

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently released the second edition of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report: Community Profiles 2015. Read our March 2015 press release or view this infographic.

In this new report, 39 new indicators of health have been added and in-depth, sophisticated data analyses conducted to provide the “big picture” about the health of older citizens in each of the 351 cities and towns of Massachusetts as well as the 16 neighborhoods of Boston.

The Community Profiles detail individual town data alongside state averages for 121 healthy aging indicators to help communities compare how they are doing relative to the rest of the state and identify areas to focus health promotion efforts for older adults.

In addition to the new health indicators, the 2015 Highlights Report explores racial disparities and includes a new composite measure – the Serious Complex Chronic Disease measure – which distills 40 chronic disease indicators found to be positively associated with higher mortality rates. This measure is used to identify those communities that are most and least healthy. In addition, other multivariate analyses allowed for a deeper exploration of the data to identify factors that explain variations in health within communities, and find communities with “better” or “worse” population health than what is statistically expected, given the attributes of the older adults living in those communities.

The 2014 Highlights Report provides an overview of aging in Massachusetts, including a more in-depth look at specific indicators such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, falls, and immunization. The 2014 Highlights Report also examines strengths and challenges among communities within six regions across the state.

The report was commissioned by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation with research conducted by the Gerontology Institute of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Learn more about the Healthy Aging Data Report.