The Inequality of Aging in Place

Research shows that most people prefer to age in place—remaining at home, near family, and in their community as they get older. But not all places are equal, and harmful neighborhood conditions can lead to poorer health outcomes and reduced life expectancy. Who bears the biggest burden from unequal neighborhood conditions? Relying on data from the 2010 Health and Retirement Study and a scan of relevant academic literature, researchers examine how neighborhood poverty, disorder, social cohesion, and air pollution affect health outcomes for older adults of different incomes, races, and ethnicities.
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