Introduction 

This tool provides data and further information on a wide range of topics relevant to our health as we age. Indicators can be examined at local, regional and/or national level. These and the further resources signposting sections below are an ongoing development. Please also see: 

Further resources

The following sections contain links to more data, reviews, strategies, guidance and ideas that can help you to explore the issues raised in this profile in more detail and inform actions to improve health outcomes. These links are added to and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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Recent updates

7 September 2021

New indicator: Percentage of people aged 50-64 in employment. Update of indicators: care home beds and nursing home beds per 100 people aged 75+.

3 August 2021

New indicator: Percentage of adults who feel lonely often/always or some of the time (incuding national breakdown by age group). Update of percentage population aged 65 years and over (local authority based version). Population age profile pyramids now display 2020 populations.

6 July 2021

Update of the 3 NHS Health Check indicators and the estimated dementia diagnosis rate (aged 65 years and over) indicator as described here

2 June 2021

New indicator: percentage population aged 50-64 years. IDAOPI - Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index, percentage population aged 65+ and percentage population aged 85+ updated and added to geographies where previously missing. Improved appearance of exported charts.

5 May 2021

Update of indicators relating to: healthy and disability-free life expectancy at birth and at age 65; physical activity; overweight or obese; '5-a-day' diet; musculoskeletal (MSK) health; and sight loss as described here.

7 April 2021

Local authority selection options have been simplified and improved 

2 March 2021

Launch of a new mobile-friendly version of the data tool - this will make the tool more accessible and improve visualisations. Update of indicators relating to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dementia as described here.

2 February 2021

New indicator relating to homelessness and updated indicators relating to: inequality in life expectancy; smoking prevalence; shingles vaccination; abdominal aortic aneurysm screening; cancer screening and diagnoses at stages1 and 2; self-reported wellbeing; winter fuel payments; diabetic eye screening; dementia prevalence, hospital admissions and deaths; falls and hip fractures hospital admissions; independent living support; social care service user experience, including social isolation; and admissions to residential and nursing care homes as described here.

12 January 2021

Reinstatement and update of indicator 'Percentage reporting at least 2 long-term conditions, at least one of which is MSK (musculoskeletal) related' for years 2018 to 2020. Update of indicator 'Two-week wait referral for suspected cancer' to 2019/20 for STP geographies. 99.8% confidence intervals have also been added for the indicators 'Percentage of adults (aged 18+) classified as overweight or obese' and 'Percentage of physically active adults'. 

1 December 2020

Update of indicators relating to: blood pressure and hypertension; heart disease, strokes and diabetes; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); cancer; musculoskeletal (MSK) problems; dementia care; and palliative/supportive care as described here (including notes regarding temporarily removed and non-updated MSK indicators). Also addition of 2020/21 geography selection options - all available summarised here

3 November 2020

Update of indicators relating to: life expectancy; PPV vaccination; employment; housing; mortality due to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer; and excess winter deaths as described here.

6 October 2020

Update of indicators relating to NHS Health Checks, care home beds and nursing home beds as described here.

4 August 2020

Update of indicators relating to flu vaccination, fuel poverty, dementia and population aged 65+ as described here.

7 July 2020

Smoking prevalence in adults indicator updated to 2019. This is available for the majority of geographies in the tool, and the national inequality breakdowns include by age group. 

5 May 2020

Update of indicators relating to health and disability free life expectancy, physical activity, overweight/obese, alcohol related admissions, meeting recommended '5-a-day', diabetes, and sight loss as described here. Ability to bookmark and share a specific view extended to include inequality displays.

7 April 2020

Update of indicators relating to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dementia as described here. Also addition of a new further resources section for Multiple long-term conditions and frailty. Can now bookmark and share a specific view.

3 March 2020

Small data adjustments, including 2019/20 version of local authorities and CCGs added for some recently updated indicators and headings realigned. 

4 February 2020

Update of indicators relating to: life and health expectancy; alcohol related admissions; PPV vaccination coverage; screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, breast cancer and bowel cancer; self-reported wellbeing; diabetic eye screening; falls and hip fractures; and care & nursing homes as described here. NoteIssues have been found with recent updates to hospital activity indicators due to a flaw in the data source. In Apr-Nov2018 data, 85,000 records without a diagnosis code were submitted in East Sussex. This error affects all related geographies which include this hospital's catchment area. 

14 January 2020

Update of indicators relating to: winter fuel allowance; social isolation and adult social care; access to psychological therapies; cardiovascular disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); cancer; musculoskeletal problems; dementia care; and end of life palliative/supportive care - as described here. Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2019 breakdowns also added to inequality views for selected mortality indicators.

5 November 2019

Additional and updated indicators relating to: life expectancy; flu vaccines; cervical cancer screening; employment levels; deprivation; fuel poverty; housing standards; access to psychological therapies; ethnic populations; deaths due to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer; and excess winter deaths - as described here. Many indicators also now available for latest local authority and CCG boundaries. 

1 October 2019

Access to Healthy Assets & Hazards Index indicator updated to 2017.

6 August 2019

Significant changes to mental health and population content, new England view showing change from previous time period, removal of age 18+ (retaining age 65+) version of the adult social care user and carer social isolation indicators, and access to recorded launch webinar (registration required). Further details:

Renamed 'Common Mental Health Disorders' section: replacement of anxiety/depression indicator with new 'Estimated prevalence of common mental disorders: % of population aged 16 & over' indicator to accompany the age 65+ version; addition of 2 new IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) indicators - 'IAPT referrals: rate (quarterly) per 100,000 population (age 65+)' and 'Entering IAPT treatment: rate (quarterly) per 100,000 population (age 65+)'; change to presentation of indicators to denote 'worse/better' (although caveat regarding service access); and addition to all IAPT metadata noting options to compare age groups.

Dementia section: addition of 'Dementia (aged under 65 years) as a proportion of total dementia (all ages) per 100' indicator; addition of CCG (2018/19) level for existing indicators; update of 'Estimated dementia diagnosis rate (aged 65 years and over)' indicator to 2019 with new comparison against thresholds; and change to presentation of dementia 'emergency admissions' indicator to denote 'worse/better'.

Population section: addition of 'Percentage of the total resident population aged 85 and over' indicator; update of 'Supporting information - % population aged 65+' indicator to 2018; and addition of population indicators at CCG level. Note that there will be a time lag in update for CCG and age 85+ populations.

2 July 2019

New indicator: Estimated prevalence of common mental disorders: % of population aged 65 & over available at district, county/UA, CCG and STP level. Updates for 3 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in age 65 & over indicators to 2018/19 Quarter4. Updates for 3 NHS Health Checks in age 40-74 indicators to 2014/15-18/19. Smoking prevalence in adults indicator updated to 2018. Confidence intervals updated for % reporting at least two long-term conditions, at least one of which is musculoskeletal (MSK) related. The average value of 'CIPFA nearest neighbours' is now available as a benchmarking option for some indicators. 

4 June 2019

Launch of the Productive Healthy Ageing Profile, replacing the Older People's Health and Wellbeing Profile. A complete re-structure and wider set of indicators, including some new and significantly updated indicators, more analysis functions, a new Further Resources section and an accompanying launch paper

Recent updates

7 September 2021

New indicator: Percentage of people aged 50-64 in employment. Update of indicators: care home beds and nursing home beds per 100 people aged 75+.

3 August 2021

New indicator: Percentage of adults who feel lonely often/always or some of the time (incuding national breakdown by age group). Update of percentage population aged 65 years and over (local authority based version). Population age profile pyramids now display 2020 populations.

6 July 2021

Update of the 3 NHS Health Check indicators and the estimated dementia diagnosis rate (aged 65 years and over) indicator as described here

2 June 2021

New indicator: percentage population aged 50-64 years. IDAOPI - Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index, percentage population aged 65+ and percentage population aged 85+ updated and added to geographies where previously missing. Improved appearance of exported charts.

5 May 2021

Update of indicators relating to: healthy and disability-free life expectancy at birth and at age 65; physical activity; overweight or obese; '5-a-day' diet; musculoskeletal (MSK) health; and sight loss as described here.

7 April 2021

Local authority selection options have been simplified and improved 

2 March 2021

Launch of a new mobile-friendly version of the data tool - this will make the tool more accessible and improve visualisations. Update of indicators relating to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dementia as described here.

2 February 2021

New indicator relating to homelessness and updated indicators relating to: inequality in life expectancy; smoking prevalence; shingles vaccination; abdominal aortic aneurysm screening; cancer screening and diagnoses at stages1 and 2; self-reported wellbeing; winter fuel payments; diabetic eye screening; dementia prevalence, hospital admissions and deaths; falls and hip fractures hospital admissions; independent living support; social care service user experience, including social isolation; and admissions to residential and nursing care homes as described here.

12 January 2021

Reinstatement and update of indicator 'Percentage reporting at least 2 long-term conditions, at least one of which is MSK (musculoskeletal) related' for years 2018 to 2020. Update of indicator 'Two-week wait referral for suspected cancer' to 2019/20 for STP geographies. 99.8% confidence intervals have also been added for the indicators 'Percentage of adults (aged 18+) classified as overweight or obese' and 'Percentage of physically active adults'. 

1 December 2020

Update of indicators relating to: blood pressure and hypertension; heart disease, strokes and diabetes; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); cancer; musculoskeletal (MSK) problems; dementia care; and palliative/supportive care as described here (including notes regarding temporarily removed and non-updated MSK indicators). Also addition of 2020/21 geography selection options - all available summarised here

3 November 2020

Update of indicators relating to: life expectancy; PPV vaccination; employment; housing; mortality due to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer; and excess winter deaths as described here.

6 October 2020

Update of indicators relating to NHS Health Checks, care home beds and nursing home beds as described here.

4 August 2020

Update of indicators relating to flu vaccination, fuel poverty, dementia and population aged 65+ as described here.

7 July 2020

Smoking prevalence in adults indicator updated to 2019. This is available for the majority of geographies in the tool, and the national inequality breakdowns include by age group. 

5 May 2020

Update of indicators relating to health and disability free life expectancy, physical activity, overweight/obese, alcohol related admissions, meeting recommended '5-a-day', diabetes, and sight loss as described here. Ability to bookmark and share a specific view extended to include inequality displays.

7 April 2020

Update of indicators relating to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dementia as described here. Also addition of a new further resources section for Multiple long-term conditions and frailty. Can now bookmark and share a specific view.

3 March 2020

Small data adjustments, including 2019/20 version of local authorities and CCGs added for some recently updated indicators and headings realigned. 

4 February 2020

Update of indicators relating to: life and health expectancy; alcohol related admissions; PPV vaccination coverage; screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, breast cancer and bowel cancer; self-reported wellbeing; diabetic eye screening; falls and hip fractures; and care & nursing homes as described here. NoteIssues have been found with recent updates to hospital activity indicators due to a flaw in the data source. In Apr-Nov2018 data, 85,000 records without a diagnosis code were submitted in East Sussex. This error affects all related geographies which include this hospital's catchment area. 

14 January 2020

Update of indicators relating to: winter fuel allowance; social isolation and adult social care; access to psychological therapies; cardiovascular disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); cancer; musculoskeletal problems; dementia care; and end of life palliative/supportive care - as described here. Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2019 breakdowns also added to inequality views for selected mortality indicators.

5 November 2019

Additional and updated indicators relating to: life expectancy; flu vaccines; cervical cancer screening; employment levels; deprivation; fuel poverty; housing standards; access to psychological therapies; ethnic populations; deaths due to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer; and excess winter deaths - as described here. Many indicators also now available for latest local authority and CCG boundaries. 

1 October 2019

Access to Healthy Assets & Hazards Index indicator updated to 2017.

6 August 2019

Significant changes to mental health and population content, new England view showing change from previous time period, removal of age 18+ (retaining age 65+) version of the adult social care user and carer social isolation indicators, and access to recorded launch webinar (registration required). Further details:

Renamed 'Common Mental Health Disorders' section: replacement of anxiety/depression indicator with new 'Estimated prevalence of common mental disorders: % of population aged 16 & over' indicator to accompany the age 65+ version; addition of 2 new IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) indicators - 'IAPT referrals: rate (quarterly) per 100,000 population (age 65+)' and 'Entering IAPT treatment: rate (quarterly) per 100,000 population (age 65+)'; change to presentation of indicators to denote 'worse/better' (although caveat regarding service access); and addition to all IAPT metadata noting options to compare age groups.

Dementia section: addition of 'Dementia (aged under 65 years) as a proportion of total dementia (all ages) per 100' indicator; addition of CCG (2018/19) level for existing indicators; update of 'Estimated dementia diagnosis rate (aged 65 years and over)' indicator to 2019 with new comparison against thresholds; and change to presentation of dementia 'emergency admissions' indicator to denote 'worse/better'.

Population section: addition of 'Percentage of the total resident population aged 85 and over' indicator; update of 'Supporting information - % population aged 65+' indicator to 2018; and addition of population indicators at CCG level. Note that there will be a time lag in update for CCG and age 85+ populations.

2 July 2019

New indicator: Estimated prevalence of common mental disorders: % of population aged 65 & over available at district, county/UA, CCG and STP level. Updates for 3 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in age 65 & over indicators to 2018/19 Quarter4. Updates for 3 NHS Health Checks in age 40-74 indicators to 2014/15-18/19. Smoking prevalence in adults indicator updated to 2018. Confidence intervals updated for % reporting at least two long-term conditions, at least one of which is musculoskeletal (MSK) related. The average value of 'CIPFA nearest neighbours' is now available as a benchmarking option for some indicators. 

4 June 2019

Launch of the Productive Healthy Ageing Profile, replacing the Older People's Health and Wellbeing Profile. A complete re-structure and wider set of indicators, including some new and significantly updated indicators, more analysis functions, a new Further Resources section and an accompanying launch paper