National Institute on Aging
The population is aging, and a growing number of older adults lack adequate support for their long-term care needs. Older Americans Act (OAA) services aim to improve health and reduce nursing home placements for older adults by connecting them with community-based supports to address their unique needs and support independence. This research brief estimates state-level differences in the effectiveness of OAA-funded programs in enrolling racial-ethnic minority older adults. Although most states adequately enroll minority and Black older adult populations, over half do not adequately enroll Hispanic older adults.
Older Americans Act, Aging services, Racial-Ethnic Disparities
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The authors acknowledge support from the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, which receives funding from the National Institute on Aging (P30AG066583). The authors thank Janet Wilmoth, Nicole Replogle, and Shannon Monnat for edits and feedback on a previous version of this brief.
Bisesti, Erin and Pendergrast, Claire, "Most States Effectively Enroll Racial-Ethnic Minority Older Adults in Community-Based Aging Services, but Gaps Remain" (2021). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 145.
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