Robyn Stone says that a new study by the Lewin Group, the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and The Moran Company sends a powerful message about the dramatic difference that affordable senior housing properties could make in the lives of low-income older adults. This blog originally appeared in The Huffington Post.
Members of AARP’s National Policy Council (NPC) recently made site visits to 4 LeadingAge members in the Boston area. The council is on a year-long quest to uncover innovative strategies that will help increase the supply of affordable housing for older people and bridge the gap between housing and health care.
A new study has, for the first time, successfully linked administrative data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). An initial analysis of the data confirmed that HUD-assisted senior residents in the study areas were more likely to be dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. These residents were also sicker and more costly to both programs than their non-subsidized peers in the community.
Given the consequences of medication mismanagement, it stands to reason that affordable senior housing properties could make a big difference in the lives of residents by developing programming in this area.
“Call to Action: Building A Housing Agenda For Older New Yorkers,” a new report from LeadingAge, calls for aging to be a priority in the development, regulation and preservation of affordable housing with a supportive service network to encourage safe and healthy community living.