Strategy C. Lifelong Healthy Aging

Psychological Distress: Percent of adults age 60 or older who experienced psychological distress in the past year


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About the Indicator

Healthy People 2030 sets data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade. It includes a national objective to reduce the proportion of adults with disabilities who experience serious psychological distress. Similarly, Let’s Get Healthy California, a shared vision for the future health of Californians, includes a focus on reducing depression among all adults. Depression is a common and treatable condition which can have serious health consequences if left untreated.

This indicator measures the proportion of older adults in California who experienced psychological distress - feelings of nervousness, hopelessness, restlessness, depression, demotivation, and worthlessness – within the past year, as self-reported on the California Health Interview Survey. Reducing this proportion and addressing older adult behavioral health needs, including reducing disparities in rates of depression by sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity, is key to promoting lifelong healthy aging.

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About the Data

To learn more about our data sources and methodologies, please see the Data Dashboard for Aging - About the Data Technical Guide.

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