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65+: Good mental health

Definition: Percentage of people aged 65 and over who reported not one day during the past 30 days when mental health was not good, three-year average

Notes: The data are from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). Respondents were asked the question: "Now thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?" Percentage is a 3-year average, which helps to reduce the year-to-year fluctuation due to small numbers. Percentage is reported under the year at the midpoint of the 3-year period. Data reported for 2001 is a 2-year average of 2000 and 2002 except for a few states, including Hawai'i, where this question was asked in 2001. National data is the median of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. (n.d.). Health data for all ages, Mental health: limitations due to, among adults: State, 1997-2003 (BRFSS).
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Center on the Family. (2006, May). Special tabulation using data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), by state, 1999-2003, as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.

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Year National State County
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