Indiana Senior Guide

The Indiana Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Indiana live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Indiana with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Indiana seniors.

  • 13% of the population of Indiana are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 28% of those seniors living in Indiana are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 6% of Indiana senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 24% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 21% of Indiana residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Indiana is $17,833/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Indiana senior is $34,629 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Indiana ranks 47th for Long Term Care and 40th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 131,233 working seniors in Indiana Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 22% of the seniors in Indiana are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (22%) working aged (65%) seniors (13%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

Learn more about the aging population explosion.
The number of people aged 65 and over in Indiana is projected to rise 36% over the next 15 years, from 906,361 to 1,231,873. U.S. Census Population Projections

Indiana 65+ Population by County

Indiana 65+ Population by County

The 65+ population in Indiana as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 652015202020252030
Population 906,361 1,019,707 1,140,690 1,231,873
Percent 13.9% 15.4% 17% 18.1%
National Percent 14.5% 16.3% 18.2% 19.7%

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The number of Indiana residents 85 and over will increase 25%, from 135,013 to 169,134. U.S. Census Population Projections

Indiana 85+ Population by County

Indiana 85+ Population by County

The 85+ population in Indiana as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 852015202020252030
Population 135,013 138,601 147,631 169,134
Percent 2.1% 2.1% 2.2% 2.5%
National Percent 2.1% 2.2% 2.3% 2.6%

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Indiana.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 238,117 seniors living alone in Indiana. Of these, 73% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

73% of males 65 and older are married compared with 44% of females.
40% of females are widowed compared with 13% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Indiana senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 10% of Indiana senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

21% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

Click here for a senior care reality check.

Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Indiana

Care TypeIndiana Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$676$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,733$1,492
Assisted Living$3,693$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,623$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,718$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$6,540$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$7,604$7,604
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Indiana with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Indiana Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionIndiana 2011 RankIndiana 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank

Consumers can easily find and afford the services they need and there is a safety net for those who cannot afford services.

#49#44
Choice of Setting & Provider

A person-centered approach to LTSS places high value on allowing consumers to exercise choice and control over where they receive services and who providers them.

#39#42
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank

Services maximize positive outcomes and consumers are treated with respect. Personal preferences are honored when possible.

#43#45
Support for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers' needs are assessed and addressed so that they can continue in their caregiving role without being overburdened.

#43#51
Effective Transitions Rank

LTSS are arranged to integrate effectively with health care and social services, minimizing disruptions such as hospitalizations, institutionalizations, and transitions between settings.

#N/A#33
Overall Rank

Rank considering all available data.

#47#47

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Indiana

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Indiana 2013 Rank Indiana 2015 Rank
Overall #33 #40
All Determinants #31 #40
Behaviors #42 #42
Smoking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who smoke at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and who currently smoke every day or some days

#44 #32
Chronic Drinking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who consumed more than 60 drinks in the last 30 days for men and more than 30 drinks in the last 30 days for women

#13 #12
Obesity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older estimated to be obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher

#36 #48
Underweight

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status estimated to be underweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 or less

#33 #18
Physical Inactivity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days

#42 #45
Dental Visit

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having visited a dental health professional within the last 12 months

#34 #36
Pain Management

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with arthritis who report arthritis or joint pain does not limit their usual activities

#21 #31
Education

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with a college degree

#46 #46
Community #16 #22
Community & Environment - Macro #16 #20
Poverty

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who live in households at or below 100% of the poverty threshold

#8 #8
Volunteerism

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report volunteering in the past 12 months

#23 #26
Nursing Home Quality

Percentage of certified nursing home beds rated 4- or 5-stars

#39 #23
Community & Environment - Micro #16 #23
Food Insecurity

Percentage of adults aged 60 and older who are marginally food insecure

#8 #13
Community Support

Total expenditures captured by the Administration on Aging divided by the number of adults aged 65 and older living in poverty

#20 #18
Policy #31 #36
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents

Percentage of nursing home residents who were low-care, according to the broad definition (no physical assistance required for late-loss activities of daily living)

#17 #17
Prescription Drug Coverage

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have a creditable prescription drug plan

#29 #29
Geriatrician Shortfall

Estimated geriatrician shortfall as a percentage of the minimum required number

#39 #38
Clinical Care #32 #40
Dedicated Health Care Provider

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a personal doctor or health care provider

#22 #19
Flu Vaccine

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who received the flu vaccine in the last year

#28 #38
Health Screenings

Percentage of adults aged 65 to 74 who have had mammograms and/or fecal occult/colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy screens within the recommended time period

#31 #41
Recommended Hospital Care

Percentage of hospitalized patients aged 65 and older who received the recommended care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical procedures

#31 #25
Diabetes Management

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 75 with diabetes receiving a blood lipids test

#36 #40
Home Health Care

Number of personal care and home health aides per 1,000 adults aged 75 or older

#28 #27
Preventable Hospitalizations

Number of discharges for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#41 #41
Hospital Readmissions

Percentage of patients aged 65 or older who were readmitted within 30 days of discharge

#21 #23
Hospice Care

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who were enrolled in hospice during the last 6 months of life after diagnosis of condition with high probability of death

#23 #31
Hospital Deaths

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who died in a hospital

#19 #21
All Outcomes #37 #39
ICU Use

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older spending 7 or more days in the intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care unit (CCU) during the last 6 months of life

#32 #30
Falls

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having had a fall within the last 12 months

#31 #38
Hip Fracture

Rate of hospitalization for hip fracture per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#29 #30
Health Status

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report their health is very good or excellent

#35 #31
Able-bodied

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with no disability

#31 #33
Premature Death

Number of deaths per 100,000 adults aged 65 to 74 years

#42 #42
Teeth Extractions

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have had all teeth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease

#40 #38
Poor Mental Health Days

Number of days in the previous 30 that adults aged 65 and older indicate that their mental health was not good

#23 #27
Multiple Chronic Conditions

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries with 4 or more chronic conditions

#32 #34
Cognition

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a cognitive difficulty

#17 #25
Depression

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who were told by a health professional that they have a depressive disorder

#38 #32

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Indiana financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Indiana is $34,629 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

43% of senior households in Indiana earn less than $30,000 per year, while 8% earn more than $100K/year


Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Indiana is $17,833 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Indiana is $17,420 Source: Census.gov ACS
15% of seniors in Indiana are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

19% of Indiana seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

96% of seniors living in Indiana speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
6% of the seniors in Indiana are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

36% of senior homeowners in Indiana have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

State Agency on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Long-term Care Ombudsman

Overview of Contacts

Elder Abuse Prevention

  • Indiana Division of Aging

    402 West Washington Street, # W-454
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Susan Waschevski
    (317) 232-7148
    Susan.Waschevski@fssa.IN.gov
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Eastern Time, M-F
  • LifeStream Services, Inc.

    1701 Pilgrim Boulevard
    Yorktown, IN 47396
    Kenneth D. Adkins, President/CEO
    (765) 759-1121
    mail@lifestreaminc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Eastern Time, M-F
  • CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

    4755 Kingsway Drive
    Indianapolis, IN 46205
    Orion Bell
    (317) 254-5465
    dlyon@cicoa.org
    Website
    8:00 AM-5:00PM - Eastern Time, Monday-Friday
  • Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency

    520 South 9th Street
    Richmond, IN 47374
    Tony Shepherd
    (765) 966-1795
    area9@iue.edu
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Eastern Time M-F
  • Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging and Disability

    1019 N. 4th St
    Vincennes, IN 47591
    Laura Holscher
    (812) 888-5880
    generations@vinu.edu
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Eastern Time, M-F
  • LifeSpan Resources, Inc.

    33 State St.
    New Albany, IN 47150
    Keith E. Stormes
    (812) 948-8330
    kstormes@lsr14.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Eastern Standard Time
  • Adult Protective Services

    227 West Jefferson Blvd
    South Bend, IN 46601
    Erica Costello
    (574) 235-5092
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Eastern Time
  • Adult Protective Services (IN FSSA)

    251 E. Ohio Street, Suite 160
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 327-1403
    M-F 8am - 5 pm Eastern Standard Time (Year Round)
  • Boone County Prosecutor

    103 Courthouse Square
    Lebanon, IN 46052
  • Shelby County Prosecutor

    407 South Harrison Street
    Shelbyville, IN 46176
    (317) 392-6978
    Website
    Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Closed Noon - 1:00 PM for lunch
  • Johnson County Prosecutor

    1 Caisson Drive
    Franklin, IN 46131
  • Hendricks County Prosecutor

    6 S. Jefferson Street
    Danville, IN 46122
    (317) 327-1953
    Website
    Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Closed 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.
  • Hancock County Prosecutor

    27 American Legion Place
    Greenfield, IN 46140
    (317) 835-2798
    Monday through Friday between 8:00am to 4:00pm Closed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm everyday for lunch.
  • Morgan County Prosecutor

    Morgan County Courthouse
    Martinsville, IN 46151
  • Adult Protection Services

    215 W High Street
    Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
    Sandy Fairfield
    (812) 537-8862
    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, Voice mail - retrieve msg. daily
  • Adult Protective Services - State Hotline

Overview of Contacts

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Overview of Contacts

Area Agencies on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Health Insurance Counseling

Overview of Contacts

Information and Assistance

Overview of Contacts

Overview of Contacts

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Sources

Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.