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National Data Base on Aging [United States], 1981 (ICPSR 9036)

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The National Data Base on Aging is a demonstration project designed to test the feasibility of a voluntary system for collecting information at the national level about the network of State and Area Agency on Aging programs. The effort is a joint undertaking of the National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A), funded by the Administration on Aging. Questionnaires were mailed to all 57 State Units and 666 Area Agencies in September 1981. Topics included the staffing of the agencies, the types of funding used, and the types of services provided by the agencies. Part 1, Survey Data from State Units on Aging and State-Level Data from 1980 Census, contains survey data from the State Units on Aging and state-level data from the 1980 United States Census and Social Security Administration. Part 2, Survey of Area Agencies on Aging and Planning and Service Area-Level Data, contains data from the survey of Area Agencies on Aging along with Planning and Service Area (PSA)-level data from the census and Social Security. Part 3, Characteristics of Service Providers, contains information on service providers, including service delivery locations and grant or contract funding sources. Part 4, Characteristics of Services Provided, includes data for each of the distinct services provided directly or indirectly by Area Agencies on Aging.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Survey Data from State Units on Aging and State-Level Data from 1980 Census - Download All Files (20.2 MB)
DS2:  Survey of Area Agencies on Aging and Planning and Service Area-Level Data - Download All Files (20.7 MB)
DS3:  Characteristics of Service Providers - Download All Files (21.6 MB)
DS4:  Characteristics of Services Provided - Download All Files (22.1 MB)

Study Description


National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA), and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A). National Data Base on Aging [United States], 1981. ICPSR09036-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09036.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration on Aging

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   aging, Area Agencies on Aging, census data, community organizations, funding, government agencies, grants, health care facilities, human resources, human services, older adults, organizational behavior, service providers, volunteers

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1981

Universe:   A total of 57 State Units on Aging and all 666 Area Agencies on Aging.

Data Types:   survey data, and administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

The data collection instruments are available only in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.


Sample:   A total of 54 State Units on Aging and 542 Area Agencies on Aging responded to the survey.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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