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Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 May;38(5):860-864. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00203. Epub 2019 Apr 24.

What Can Be Done To Better Support Older Adults To Age Successfully In Their Homes And Communities?

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Christopher Herbert ( ) is managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jennifer H. Molinsky is a senior research associate in the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.


The rapid growth of the US population ages seventy-five and older in the coming years will increase the need for housing that accommodates mobility limitations and helps connect residents with supportive services and opportunities for socialization. While expanding the supply of housing with services such as those provided by independent and assisted living facilities is needed, so too are greater supports to allow older adults with disabilities to age successfully in their homes and communities. These include financial support for modifications to the home, the delivery of supportive services in the home by both family and paid caregivers, and the expansion of housing options in communities where older adults live.


CAPABLE; PACE; SASH; accessible housing; aging in community; aging in place; housing for older adults; loneliness; older households; supportive housing


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