Homes for an Aging America: Priorities for Research and Federal Action”

In December of 2012, the Stanford Center on Longevity convened leaders with a range of expertise to consider housing and neighborhood initiatives to better support aging in place. Presentations on demographic projections and an index of vulnerability framed the challenge of unprecedented numbers of older Americans, most of whom have health, mobility or financial vulnerabilities. Discussions followed, on issues of federal housing standards, the supply of suitable housing, and home financing. Following presentations on local indicator systems and GIS mapping techniques, the discussions focused on neighborhood supports for aging in place.

In conclusion, the participants discussed priorities for federal action in the standards, supply and financing of housing and neighborhood supports. They also discussed a research focus on the costs and benefits of home construction and modification on health care spending.