The MacArthur Foundation recently awarded $2.7 million in funds to support research on the health and well-being of older adults. These important studies will shed new light on the issues of housing and housing with services and provide new evidence to support future policy positions.
Two American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW), both LeadingAge members, will serve as intervention groups for a University of Michigan study on whether service and support interventions provided in a retirement community improve outcomes for moderate and low-income seniors as much as for those with greater means.
Both communities are located in the greater Los Angeles area.
Other studies that were provided funding include:
- Syracuse University: $500,000 to study how housing affordability affects decisions made by older adults regarding their health care, living arrangements and well-being
- The Ohio State University: $427,000 to analyze the use of a reverse mortgage and its impact on older adults’ financial security, well-being, and ability to preserve independent living.
And, as we previously reported, our LeadingAge Center for Applied Research was awarded nearly $700,000 to study the impact of service-enriched, publicly-assisted housing on health, quality of life and costs for older adults.