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Calculate age in years and months in Query

First let me say two things--I have been searching and trying different examples for two days and have not been able to make anything I find work (I'm sure due to my lack of knowledge) and second, if anyone that is kind enough to try to help me assumes I won't need every single step included to make it work, they are probably wrong. I want to put a field in a query that will calculate age in years and months to the current date so that I can use it for more than one form or report. What I am currently using (shown below) gives only years and now I'd like months as well.

Age: DateDiff("yyyy",[Date Shipped from Factory],Now())+Int(Format(Now(),"mmdd")<Format([Date Shipped from Factory],"mmdd"))

If it would be easier to put an unbound control in my form or report, I would be willing to do that as well. Any assistance would be appreciated.
Nov 10 '15 #1
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12,516 Expert Mod 8TB
Calculate the difference in months and then mod the result by 12.
Nov 10 '15 #2
Apparently even when done accurately (which mine is not--I'm only guessing how to modify my current formula) it appears that will give me numbers and tenths rather than years and months. And with my best guess about how to modify the formula, I'm either getting 3.0, which is the number of years but doesn't include any months, 44.0 which is apparently the number of months only, and won't really work or it seems like I got 3.7, but now for the life of me I can't remember what I changed to get that.
Nov 10 '15 #3
12,516 Expert Mod 8TB
You combine what you use to get the years with my algorithm in post #2 to get the months. When you put them together, you get the years and months.
Nov 10 '15 #4
I'm sorry, but I have absolutely no idea what you mean. I was hoping I could get a "change this to that" answer, or copy and use this. Access is a very small part of what I do, so I have very limited opportunity to learn much, and everything I do learn I have to find an example somewhere that I can alter, and when you really have no VBA experience, altering something is often harder than someone might expect. Even as plain as the nose on your face isn't plain to someone who has never seen a nose. Thanks for your time and patience--I'll probably just stay with years or export to Excel where my experience level is much higher.
Nov 10 '15 #5
12,516 Expert Mod 8TB
Just take it step by step. Also, no one said anything about VBA.

Calculate the difference in months
You already know how to do this since you're calculating years.
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  1. DateDiff("m",[Date Shipped from Factory],Now())
and then mod the result by 12.
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  1. DateDiff("m",[Date Shipped from Factory],Now()) Mod 12
put them together
I'll leave this final part for you as an exercise. Hint: To put two things together, use the & operator.
Nov 10 '15 #6
I tried this in pieces to try to understand better. My first record should be 3 years 8 months. When I use only the first line, I get 44 for my first answer, which would be the correct number of months. Then when I insert the & and then paste the second line, I get 448. Not sure what that could be. I tried leaving out the second statement except for the mod 12, but that gave me an error. I tried the second line alone, and I got an 8, which would be how many additional months the first record is past three years, but nothing that gives me the answer 3 years 8 months. I suppose I could use two separate fields for the query and then see if Access will concatenate like Excel in my forms and reports.
Nov 10 '15 #7
5,501 Expert Mod 4TB
Take your first equation Eq1
Take your second equation Eq2 (hint Mod12)
Create a calculated field

EXP1: (eq1) & "yrs " & (eq2) & "mo"
Nov 10 '15 #8
Aftab Ahmad
42 32bit
ZMBD & Rabbit.
This is not correct solution. I was searching for the same long time but nothing found regarding calculate age with months and year even I have done it in Excel.
Now come to the formula. If my date of birth is 05/03/1987 then my formula (DateDiff) wchich is mentioned above by both of you will work like this:
Years: 28
Month: 336
And when we combine them using & separator, it looks like for example,
=[years] & "/" & [months] = 28/336 which is not correct way because he wants to calculate years and months i.e. 28(Years)7(months). May be I am not correct, your assistance anyhow will Preferable and loving for me. Thanks
Nov 11 '15 #9
39 Expert 32bit
44 mod 12 = 8, which is the months left over
Nov 11 '15 #10
5,501 Expert Mod 4TB
@ Aftab Ahmad
Just what are you talking about here?
The ampersand is not a mathematical operand in this case. It is used to combine two strings (concatenation of strings).

>> Your returned value of 336months is most courious and I do think that you have most likely mis-keyed your values.
>> where did you come up with:
=[years] & "/" & [months] = 28/336
not only did neither Rabbit nor I suggest or provide such a formula, it will not evaluate as you've suggested. Instead, the engine will take the [Year], backslash, and [Month] as literal string value and return the concatenation of these as a string value without any evaluation in either a calculated field or control.

A) If we use your "birth day" of 05/03/1987 and today's date of 11/10/2015 and calculate the number of months we get:

a1) Quick verification of the elapsed years using the ever so classic method of:
[HistoricalYear]-[CurrentYear] == 2015-1987 == 28years
using the conversion of (12mo/yr) gives us 336 months plus the residual count between May to December (ignoring residual days) of 6 months for a grand total of 336+6=342mo

B) Using the integer divisor operand "\" we calculate the number of years using the base conversion of (1yr/12mo)

b1) We've already verified this result under Step-a1

C) Now we need the remainder that would have been returned from the prior division if we had used the standard divisional operand (returning 28.5yrs). This is most easily determined by using the Mod() to return the modulus value against 12 of the 342
342 mod 12= 6

Quick verification:
==(342 - (28 * 12) )
==(342 - (336) )
== 6

Both in agreement with the fractional part of 0.5yrs == 6mo

+ The remainder of this situation would be concatenation of the results from Step B and Step C

B() & "yrs " & C() & "mo"
>> 28 & "yrs " & 6 & "mo"
"28yrs 6mo"

You can verify this yourself in any VBA enabled Office program by pressing <ctrl><g> and typing the "?" followed by the above formulas to return the values of the calculations.

That was already implied in Rabbit's post#2
The question has become does CindySue know how to create the calculated field, to whit, I have provided a link to a fairly decent tutorial that describes each step to a reasonable degree (IMHO).
Nov 11 '15 #11
39 Expert 32bit
obviously English is not Aftab's first language ... just trying to be polite.
Nov 11 '15 #12
639 Expert 512MB
Hi All

In the original question it is unclear if the DAY of shipping should be taken in to account to calculate the Age as you would a persons age.
So I thought I would have a go.

There are obviously a number of way of doing this, including user define function which I now from experiance are alway significantly slower.
I have used a slightly different approach to calculater the basic years (ie integer divide of month) and came up with this.

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  1. Age: DateDiff("m", [Date Shipped from Factory], Date()) \ 12 + (Month([Date Shipped from Factory]) = Month(Date()) And Day([Date Shipped from Factory]) > Day(Date())) & " Years and " & DateDiff("m", [Date Shipped from Factory], Date()) Mod 12 + (Month([Date Shipped from Factory]) = Month(Date()) And Day([Date Shipped from Factory]) > Day(Date())) * -11 & " Months"
This boolen calc
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  1. (Month({Date Shipped from Factory]) = Month(Date) And Day({Date Shipped from Factory]) > Day(Date()))
returns -1 if True and 0 if False.

Not sure if it is relevant, but it was interesting!

Nov 11 '15 #13
Aftab Ahmad
42 32bit
Yes sorry my bad English :(
Nov 11 '15 #14
1 Bit

Above is great, how do i add Days on to the end of Years and Months?

Many Thanks

Feb 4 '21 #15
437 Expert Mod 256MB
Including days significantly adds to the complexity.
One solution is given in post #24 of this recent thread how-do-i-overcome-error-expression-you-entered-contains-invalid-syntax. However, do read the rest of the thread to see some other suggestions.
Feb 4 '21 #16
208 Expert 128KB
You can use these two functions:

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  1. ' Returns the difference in full months from DateOfBirth to current date,
  2. ' optionally to another date.
  3. ' Returns by reference the difference in days.
  4. ' Returns zero if AnotherDate is earlier than DateOfBirth.
  5. '
  6. ' Calculates correctly for:
  7. '   leap Months
  8. '   dates of 29. February
  9. '   date/time values with embedded time values
  10. '   any date/time value of data type Date
  11. '
  12. ' DateAdd() is, when adding a count of months to dates of 31th (29th),
  13. ' used for check for month end as it correctly returns the 30th (28th)
  14. ' when the resulting month has 30 or less days.
  15. '
  16. ' 2015-11-24. Gustav Brock, Cactus Data ApS, CPH.
  17. '
  18. Public Function AgeMonthsDays( _
  19.     ByVal DateOfBirth As Date, _
  20.     Optional ByVal AnotherDate As Variant, _
  21.     Optional ByRef Days As Integer) _
  22.     As Long
  24.     Dim ThisDate    As Date
  25.     Dim Months      As Long
  27.     If IsDate(AnotherDate) Then
  28.         ThisDate = CDate(AnotherDate)
  29.     Else
  30.         ThisDate = Date
  31.     End If
  33.     ' Find difference in calendar Months.
  34.     Months = DateDiff("m", DateOfBirth, ThisDate)
  35.     If Months < 0 Then
  36.         Months = 0
  37.     Else
  38.         If Months > 0 Then
  39.             ' Decrease by 1 if current date is earlier than birthday of current year
  40.             ' using DateDiff to ignore a time portion of DateOfBirth.
  41.             If DateDiff("d", ThisDate, DateAdd("m", Months, DateOfBirth)) > 0 Then
  42.                 Months = Months - 1
  43.             End If
  44.         End If
  45.         ' Find difference in days.
  46.         Days = DateDiff("d", DateAdd("m", Months, DateOfBirth), ThisDate)
  47.     End If
  49.     AgeMonthsDays = Months
  51. End Function
  54. ' Formats the output from AgeMonthsDays.
  55. '
  56. ' 2020-10-05. Gustav Brock, Cactus Data ApS, CPH.
  57. '
  58. Public Function FormatAgeYearsMonthsDays( _
  59.     ByVal DateOfBirth As Date, _
  60.     Optional ByVal AnotherDate As Variant) _
  61.     As String
  63.     Dim Years       As Integer
  64.     Dim Months      As Integer
  65.     Dim Days        As Integer
  66.     Dim YearsLabel  As String
  67.     Dim MonthsLabel As String
  68.     Dim DaysLabel   As String
  69.     Dim Result      As String
  71.     Months = AgeMonthsDays(DateOfBirth, AnotherDate, Days)
  72.     Years = Months \ MonthsPerYear
  73.     Months = Months Mod MonthsPerYear
  75.     YearsLabel = "year" & IIf(Years = 1, "", "s")
  76.     MonthsLabel = "month" & IIf(Months = 1, "", "s")
  77.     DaysLabel = "day" & IIf(Days = 1, "", "s")
  79.     ' Concatenate the parts of the output.
  80.     Result = CStr(Years) & " " & YearsLabel & ", " & CStr(Months) & " " & MonthsLabel & ", " & CStr(Days) & " " & DaysLabel
  82.     FormatAgeYearsMonthsDays = Result
  84. End Function
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