Vicki Freedman finds black Americans live more of their older years with disability than white Americans

an In The Media Appearance

"Gaps in active life expectancy remain between black, white Americans" - Business Insider. 08/09/2016

"In Later Years, Disabilities End Blacks’ Active Lives Sooner Than Whites’" - Kaiser Health News. 08/08/2016

"For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability" - US News & World Report. 08/10/2016

"Gaps in active life expectancy remain between black, white Americans" - Fox News. 08/10/2016

"For aging blacks, 'golden years' often marred by disability" - Chicago Tribune. 08/12/2016

"Blacks, especially women, suffer more disabilities in later years than whites do" - Washington Post. 08/13/2016

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.”

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