With the rapid aging of the US population, the need for affordable, accessible, and supportive housing suitable for older adults is set to increase. Our research in this area focuses on the demographics of the older population; the supply of housing available to adults with functional limitations and disabilities; affordability problems; the links between housing, health, and community services; and the public and private responses to these challenges.

Note: There are numerous resources available for older adults and their families seeking to improve home and neighborhood environments for aging in place. While we cannot list all of them, we offer this Resource List related to home safety and accessibility, fall prevention, financial supports, and age-friendly communities, as a good place to start.

Reports & Papers

The Association Between High Mortgage Debt and Financial Well-Being in Old Age: Implications for the Financial Education Field

February 10, 2020

Authors: Alexander Hermann, Christopher Herbert, Jennifer Molinsky

Accessibility Features for Older Households in Subsidized Housing

January 14, 2020

Authors: Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Jennifer Molinsky

Housing America's Older Adults 2019

October 16, 2019

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies

Housing Americas Older Adults 2018

November 14, 2018

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies

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Data & Charts


Samara Scheckler

Postdoctoral Fellow

Older Adult Households and the Economic Impacts of the Pandemic

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

While older adults are more susceptible to COVID-19, households headed by older adults have been more insulated from the economic...

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Jennifer Molinsky

Senior Research Associate

As Economy Reopens, Guidance Must Consider Older Adults’ Living Situations

Monday, June 22, 2020

Rates of severe illness and mortality from COVID-19 have been highest among older people. As the nation’s stay-at-home orders gradually...

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