Freedman finds black Americans live more of their older years with disability than white Americans
"Gaps in active life expectancy remain between black, white Americans" - Business Insider. 8/9/2016.
Analyzing data collected 1982-2011, Vicki Freedman and Brenda Spillman found that older black Americans spent more years needing help with daily living than white Americans. They say: "Understanding long-range trends in longevity and disability is useful for projecting the likely impact of the baby-boom generation on long-term care utilization and spending.... Public health measures directed at older black adults - particularly women - are needed to offset impending pressures on the long-term care delivery system as the result of population aging."
Additional Media Coverage:
"In Later Years, Disabilities End Blacks’ Active Lives Sooner Than Whites’" - Kaiser Health News. 8/8/2016.
"For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability" - US News & World Report. 8/10/2016.
"Gaps in active life expectancy remain between black, white Americans" - Fox News. 8/10/2016.
"For aging blacks, 'golden years' often marred by disability " - Chicago Tribune. 8/12/2016.
"Blacks, especially women, suffer more disabilities in later years than whites do" - Washington Post. 8/13/2016.