Challenges Facing Older Adults in the U.S.

A trio of articles published ahead of print in Health Affairs focuses on challenges facing older adults in the United States. Rowe provides an overview of policies and initiatives┬áthat seek to expand seniors’ access to health care, housing, and economic security. Herbert and Molinsky call for additional services and supports that would allow older adults to age successfully at home, including crafting new housing options, expanding financial support to appropriately retrofit existing homes, and improving delivery of in-home support services. Pearson et al. explore the adequacy of long-term care and housing needs for middle-income seniors, finding that 54 percent of seniors do not have sufficient financial resources to meet these needs. The forthcoming issue is broadly focused on elder care.

Rowe: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00095;
Herbert and Molinsky: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00203;
Pearson et al.: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05233