Disability Burdens Among Rural and Urban Older Americans
This project will use the 1994-2000 Second Longitudinal Study of Aging, a nationally representative sample of community-dwelling adults age 70 and over, to develop detailed estimates of healthy, disabled, and total life expectancy among rural and urban populations. To address anticipated differences among populations, we will develop and compare the estimates between women and men, by race/ethnicity, and across differing levels of education. A greater understanding of differences in the burden of disability among groups defined by these characteristics would help national and local policymakers anticipate needs for services of various types.
Findings from this study will be presented at national meetings addressing rural health policy issues in addition to papers submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
Disability Burdens Among Older Americans Associated with Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Rural and Urban Areas
Rural and Minority Health Research Center
No prior research has investigated differences in disability-free and disabled life expectancy associated with rural or urban residence. This report addresses this gap and identifies differences in healthy life expectancy that may signal important policy needs.