As the U.S. population ages, demand for aging and disability services will increase, but 15% of U.S. counties have no aging and disability services organizations. This brief shows that rural counties and counties with the highest rates of poverty, highest shares of older adults, and highest shares of non-Hispanic Blacks are most likely to be aging and disability services deserts. To support healthy aging across the country, policymakers should invest in aging services infrastructure and should prioritize resources for places that are aging and disability services deserts.
Aging, Disability, Spatial Differences
Demography, Population, and Ecology | Gerontology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
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The authors thank Shannon Monnat and Alexandra Punch for edits on a previous version of this brief.
Pendergrast, Claire and Rhubart, Danielle, "Aging and Disability Services are Unequally Distributed Across the United States" (2022). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 170.
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