Report and Data

Read and download our latest report on older adults, or download the data that we have collected.

A comprehensive look at older adults in Central Indiana

Older adults (those age 55 and older) are the fastest growing demographic in Central Indiana. Approximately 20,000 individuals in Central Indiana reach the age of 60 every year. By the year 2030, one in every five residents will be over the age of 65.

To enhance the ability of older adults to live and thrive in Central Indiana, it is important to understand the population trends, notable changes, and basic needs of this growing demographic.  To this end, the Central Indiana Senior Fund is partnering with The Polis Center at IUPUI, IU Center for Aging Research, and IU Public Policy Institute’s Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy to develop the annual State of Aging in Central Indiana Report. 

Last update: April 2021

Interactive Profile

Dive deeper into the data in this report. Select a community and see visualizations over time and disaggregated by demographic groups.

Read the Report

Each chapter of the report is listed below. Scroll to the bottom to download the entire report or all the data.

INTRODUCTION & EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Executive summary, equity overview, and key findings.

DEMOGRAPHICS

An overview of population trends and household characteristics of older adults (age 55+) in Central Indiana.

Basic Needs

FINANCIAL STABILITY

An assessment of the financial stability (household income, poverty levels) and experiences of older adults in Central Indiana.

FOOD INSECURITY

Food insecurity among Central Indiana’s older adults, including food access and barriers to food security.

HOUSING

Housing affordability, homeownership, housing instability, and barriers to obtaining housing in Central Indiana.

SAFETY AND ABUSE

Elder abuse and crime, including perceptions and experiences affecting the physical safety of older adults in Central Indiana.

TRANSPORTATION

Public transit access and older adults’ concerns related to transportation barriers.

Living in the Community

AGING IN PLACE

Benefits and challenges of older adults staying in their homes and in their communities.

SOCIAL WELLBEING

Social inclusion, community, isolation, and purposeful living.

Health and Wellbeing

HEALTH OUTCOMES

Mortality rates, rates of disease, notable changes, and disparities in the health of older adults in Central Indiana.

HEALTH CARE

Availability and use of health care and of home- and community-based services.

CAREGIVING

Caregiving by and for older adults, including the benefits and risks and associated resources.

Contributors

Central Indiana Senior Fund Advisory Board

H. Ken Bennett, Center for At-Risk Elders

C. Andrew Class, M.D., St. Vincent Stress Center

Susan Guyett, Retired

Kim Jacobs, Television Producer and Writer

James Leich, Retired President, LeadingAge Indiana

Jane Malkoff, Scout Advocacy

Ellen Miller, UIndy Center for Aging & Community

Keesha Dixon, Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis

Candace Preston, Veterans Health Administration

Heather Hershberger, Consultant

State of Aging in Central Indiana Report Advisory Committee

Gerald Ardis, Flanner House

Duane Etienne, President Emeritus, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

Pat Healey, Ascension Health

Kathryn McEntire, RCI

Ellen Miller, UIndy Center for Agency and Community

Michelle Niemier, Center for At-Risk Elders

Todd Wagoner, Community Health Network

Carolyn Watts, Retired, Indiana Department of Child Services

Ruth Williams, Edna Martin Christian Center

Dustin Ziegler, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

Produced by The Polis Center at IUPUI and SAVI in partnership with the IU Center for Aging Research, and the IU Public Policy Institute’s Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy.

IU Center for Aging Research (IUCAR), Regenstrief Institute

Nicole Keith, Research Scientist

Steven Counsell, Research Scientist

Dan Clark, Research Scientist

Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy (CRISP)

Breanca Merritt, Chief Health Equity and ADA Officer, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (Founding Director of the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy)

Kelsie Stringham-Marquis, Research Coordinator, IU Public Policy Institute (PPI)

Katie Rukes, Program Analyst, PPI

The Polis Center at IUPUI (Polis)

Karen F Comer, Director, Collaborative Research

Rebecca Nannery, Senior Research Analyst

Jeramy Townsley, Faculty Research Analyst

Unai Miguel Andres, Research Analyst

Jay Colbert, Data Manager

Matt Nowlin, User Experience Designer

LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Community Organizer

Sharon Kandris, Associate Director

Research Support 

Amnah Anwar, Research Assistant, Polis

Mackenzie Dafferner, Research Assistant, IUCAR

Mandy Dhillon, Research Assistant, Polis

Destiny Faceson, Research Assistant, CRISP

Weston Jones, Research Assistant, CRISP

Patrick Lai, Graduate Research Assistant, Polis

Rubi Mallers, Graduate Research Assistant, PPI

Emma Morone, Graduate Intern, Polis

Melissa Sherman, Graduate Research Assistant, IUCAR