Affordable Housing: A Key Lever to Community Health for Older Americans

Here’s an editorial authored by coalition members |

By William A. Vega, PhD, and Steven P. Wallace, PhD |

America is aging. By 2050, the number of adults aged 65 years and older will nearly double; the number of elders of color will more than triple. The notion of advancing public health for older Americans may seem contradictory in our youth-oriented culture, yet people aged 65 years have an average of almost 20 years or more remaining in their lives, an increase of more than 50% during the past century. Lower income adults become economically insecure older adults who do not have the resources to pay for a decent quality of life in those remaining years. A key lever to promote healthy aging in communities is affordable housing, especially for older adults who have limited incomes. As housing supply and quality decrease for low-income older adults, rising housing costs correspondingly impinge on family support, including availability of food, transportation, in-home assistance, and medical care…

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