Another simple but powerful piece of code I get asked for a lot:  Age calculations.  it sounds so simple…but it isn’t!  You can use variations of this for other purposes like aging receivables, calculating time lapse, etc.

Requirement:  a date field (in this case I have their birthday in [DOB] which is a date field storing mm/dd/yyyy).

Add an unbound field on the form or report, set it’s value to this:

No more work figuring out age!

The why not go the extra mile, and add code to alert the user a birthday is coming up.  You need to grab ONLY the Month and Day, NOT the year.  Then test to see if that is within a week either way of today’s date.  if it is, use conditional formatting, or pop up a message, or alert the user…never miss a client birthday wish if they are at your office when you pull them up in the system!


Jeff Shirley

Jeff Shirley

Founder & CEO
Jeff brings over 27 years of experience to the table, along with numerous awards, certifications, and real-world implementations.  His database solutions are currently running in industries including government, mining, agriculture, finance, education, science, research, non-profits, and healthcare businesses around North America and serve thousands of users day to day.  Jeff is a five-time MVP Award recipient for Microsoft Access, acknowledging contributions to community projects, evangelism, and educational outreach on Microsoft technologies.  Today there are less than 50 Access MVP’s worldwide. While Jeff focuses day to day on business management, IoT development, IT integrations and design, database architecture or other typical complex tasks, he also is a co-owner of Blue Heron Gardens, a commercial apiary running over 200 beehives.  Fresh honey is a small perk for many of our clients!

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