Research Briefs

These focused reports dig deep on specific issues such as aging in place, transportation, and social capital.

New insights on critical issues in our community

We regular publish new research that goes deep into critical issues facing older adults in Central Indiana. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, these briefs surface topics that are touched on in the State of Aging report.

SNAP Policy and Usage by Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

SNAP Policy and Usage by Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic increased economic need and prompted the expansion of food assistance programs to address that need. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits were extended to more families, the amount of available assistance was increased, and...

Living in the Community with Dementia

Living in the Community with Dementia

This research brief discusses the many challenges faced by the growing number of older people living with dementia (PLWD) in the community; and several promising initiatives that aim to better support PLWD and their caregivers.

Financial Stability and Housing

Financial Stability and Housing

Many older adults in Central Indiana face financial instability, particularly those of retirement age that live on a fixed income. Big ticket monthly budget costs such as housing and health care can place great financial pressure on older adult households. This...

Gaps in Life Expectancy Across the Lifespan

Gaps in Life Expectancy Across the Lifespan

Low life expectancy is concentrated in the core of Indianapolis from birth to age 45. But at age 75, most concentrated areas of low life expectancy are rural.

Impact of COVID-19 on Older Hoosiers

Impact of COVID-19 on Older Hoosiers

Discusses the risk in older adults for severe illness from COVID-19, hospitalization and mortality rates, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on residents of long-term care facilities and people of color.

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