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How does health interface with living arrangements?

a MiCDA Research Project Description

Investigators: Jersey Liang, Mary Beth Ofstedal

Funding: National Institute on Aging, 2016-2020 (1 R01 AG 049716 01 A1)

The United Nations has identified living arrangements of older persons and possible government responses as the most pressing issue of population aging. In particular, living arrangements are closely linked with health, health care, and long-term care in later life. This project uses data from the Health and Retirement Study, life tables, and multi-level models to examine dynamic linkages between health and living arrangements among older Americans. It depicts living arrangements as trajectories consisting of multiple transitions over some 20 years, evaluates how these trajectories evolve as a function of health status and major life events within the context of social stratification and across racial/ethnic groups, and analyzes old-age living arrangements from the perspective of adult children and among childless older Americans.

Findings from this research will provide stronger dynamic and cultural underpinnings to our understanding of living arrangements in old age. They will inform public policies designed to strengthen family-based support and home- and community-based long-term care for older people.

Research Signature Theme:

Health and well-being in later life: Life Course Determinants