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

When Family Can’t Care for Older Adults During COVID-19, Who Will?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

As we’re learning more each day, the coronavirus pandemic poses a dire threat to America’s 1.4 million nursing home residents,...

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Jennifer Molinsky

Senior Research Associate

Social Distancing Today Offers Lessons to Help Older Adults Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

COVID-19 has most of the nation practicing “social distancing,” which for those of us not on the front lines of...

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