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Old Housing, New Needs: Are U.S. Homes Ready for an Aging Population?

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This report uses data from the American Housing Survey and provides the estimates of housing units in the country that had aging-accessible features, such as handrails or grab bars in the bathroom, a step-free entryway, or a wheelchair-accessible kitchen, as well as geographic differences in the prevalence of homes with these features. The report also examines difficulties using certain elements of the home, such as how many households had older adults who had trouble climbing stairs or using the shower or bath tub. Last, the report studies older adults’ unmet needs in housing, where they had difficulty in performing a specific task in the home but their home lacked a feature that would help. The demographic and economic characteristics of households where older adults reported difficulty using home features are compared with households where older adults reported no such difficulty.

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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