Kenneth M. Langa et al. find rising rates of healthy older Americans are uneven by race, education, and income

Kenneth M. Langa et al. find rising rates of healthy older Americans are uneven by race, education, and income

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A new analysis examining national rates of healthy older adults, 2000-2014 found that the fraction of older Americans who were healthy increased from 42% to 48% in the period, but age- and sex-adjusted rates differed significantly by race/ethnicity, level of educational attainment, and family annual income level. "What explains these growing disparities?" study researchers Kenneth Langa and Matthew Davis ask. "Given that the individuals in our study were all eligible to participate in Medicare, our results suggest that the influence of social, economic and environmental factors extends beyond access to health insurance."

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Kenneth M. Langa (Michigan)

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Additional Media Coverage:

"Who Gets Health in Old Age? Rich, White People" - The Atlantic. 9/19/2017.

"Two Americas: Seniors are getting healthier but most gains go to high-income whites" - Medical Xpress. 9/18/2017.

"Rich American seniors are getting healthier, leaving the poor behind" - The Conversation. 9/18/2017.

"More older Americans report being in good health, but most of the gains go to economic elites" - Minnesota Post. 9/19/2017.

"American Seniors Making Health Gains: Report" - NewsMax. 9/19/2017.

"Study of Medicare population finds widening health disparities" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 9/19/2017.

"High-income seniors enjoy most health gains in US: study" - Global Times. 9/20/2017.

"White, Rich Seniors Are Getting Healthier" - Health Line. 10/6/2017.

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