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Understand senior housing and its influence on health

Richard Peck
Richard Peck

The nexus between housing and health is evident in assisted-living centers or nursing homes, which take care of people with minor or substantial physical limitations who require regular assistance.

But even when older people are independent, housing arrangements can affect health by influencing their access to medical care, engagement in activities, social connections and other components of well-being.

Senior housing options have proliferated over the past several decades and it’s important to understand what’s available or being planned in your community. Richard Peck, who has covered aging-related topics for 30 years as editor of Geriatrics and editor-in-chief/contributing editor of Long-Term Living, offers a general description of the choices available, as well as story ideas and links to useful resources.

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