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An Improved State of Aging in America

Disability rates are down among older Americans, and more are managing daily life on their own with devices. But racial and ethnic gaps persist.

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Project: Demography and Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Racism-Related Stress Is Linked to Premature Aging and Chronic Disease

Experiencing racism damages a person’s health by triggering the release of stress hormones and a chain of biological events that cause premature aging, which in turn increase the risk of chronic disease.

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Project: Demography and Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Unequal Health Care Access and Quality Contribute to U.S. Racial Health Disparities Among Older Adults

Older Black adults are less likely than their white peers to have private insurance and more likely to rely on Medicaid or Medicare as their only health insurance.

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Project: Demography and Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

U.S. Racial Health Disparities Among Older Adults Remain Despite Some Progress

As they age, Black adults experience more rapid decline in the body’s ability to recover from stress or damage, with social and economic factors contributing to this decline.

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Project: Demography and Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

COVID-19 and Other Risk Factors Widen the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap

Black Americans’ higher rates of chronic conditions and disease such as obesity and diabetes, which are linked to fatal COVID-19 infections, may underlie life expectancy differences.

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Project: Demography and Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Key Factors Underlying Racial Disparities in Health Between Black and White Older Americans

Socioeconomic inequality and racism-related stress are at the root of Black-white health disparities, requiring policies and interventions targeting both economic inequality and exposure to high levels of stress.

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Project: Demography and Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Disparities Related to Education, Race, and Gender Compound Health Disadvantages at Older Ages

Black adults who have not finished high school are at much greater risk of dementia than other groups.

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Project: Demography and Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Being Older and Black Creates a Double Jeopardy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While non-Hispanic Black adults make up 10% of the population ages 65 to 74, they account for 18% of COVID-19-related deaths in that age group.

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Key Factors Underlying Racial Disparities in Health Between Black and White Older Americans

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