Housing Dissatisfaction and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

TitleHousing Dissatisfaction and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsJames, III, RN, Sweaney, AL
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Call Numbernewpubs20091202_HousingDissatisfaction
KeywordsConsumption and Savings, Health Conditions and Status, Housing

Analysis of a nationally representative, longitudinal survey of community-dwelling Americans over age 50 indicated that rating the physical condition of one s dwelling unit as poor predicted significantly more rapid cognitive decline in subsequent years. This relationship persisted after controlling for a variety of factors such as wealth, income, education, health, family status, neighborhood safety, depression, and initial cognitive ability. Dissatisfaction with the physical conditions of one s housing may have a direct effect on the rate of cognitive decline in older adults. Addressing housing inadequacy for older adults may thus produce a wider range of societal benefits than previously realized.

Endnote Keywords

Housing/Cognitive Function/Cognitive decline/Neighborhood Characteristics

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Citation Key7431