Integrating Health Care And Housing To Promote Healthy Aging

One of the most important public health findings over the last several decades has been that there are a number of factors, beyond medical care, which influence health status and contribute to premature mortality. Of these factors, social circumstances and the physical environment (particularly the home) especially impact an individual’s health.

Housing takes on even greater importance for older Americans since they spend a significant portion of their day in this setting. Ensuring a safe, age-friendly home and utilizing the home as a potential site of care for seniors should be seen as important policy objectives to support care management.

By 2030, 74 million Americans, representing more than 20 percent of the overall population, will be 65 years of age or more. Absent a comprehensive and sustained national response, the well-being and safety of millions of older Americans will be jeopardized by the following realities: increased demand for expensive long-term services and supports (LTSS), a high prevalence of chronic disease, grossly inadequate retirement savings, and a severe undersupply of affordable and suitable senior housing.

– Health Affairs

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