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

Housing Americas Older Adults 2018

November 14, 2018

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies

Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population: Older Households 2015-2035

December 13, 2016

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies

Aging in Place: Implications for Remodeling

July 02, 2015

Author: Abbe Will

Housing America's Older Adults—Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population

September 02, 2014

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies

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Data & Charts


Alexander Hermann

Research Assistant

More Older Adults Are Living in Lower-Density Neighborhoods

Monday, January 07, 2019

Households headed by older adults are increasingly located in low-density suburbs, according to our latest Housing America’s Older Adults report....

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Kerry Donahue

Associate Director of Communications

Over Half of US Households Now Headed by Someone 50+, but the Nation is Ill-Prepared to House its Aging Population

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

More than half of US households are now headed by someone 50 or over, according to our new report, Housing America’s...

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