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


Alexander Hermann

Research Analyst

High Levels of Mortgage Debt Are Associated with Lower Financial Well-Being Among Older Homeowners

Monday, February 10, 2020

As documented in the Center’s recent report, Housing America’s Older Adults 2019, both the share of older homeowners with mortgage...

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Sophia Wedeen

Research Assistant

Remodels that Include Home Automation Can Help Older Adults Age in Place

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Over the past 20 years, the number of homeowners age 55 and over has grown dramatically from 26 million to...

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