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.
Are We Prepared to Help Older Adults Age in Place?
Matthew Dietrich, Karen Comer Most older adults want to remain within their homes and communities as they age. This research brief examines data trends in Central Indiana and Indiana that relate to potential challenges and opportunities for older adults who want to...
Male/female disparities within the older adult population of Central Indiana
In this analysis, we point out several key differences between male and female older adults in Central Indiana, with a focus on data related to essential basic needs such as income, ability to live independently, health insurance coverage, and housing costs. We focus on adults aged 55 and over, but note that there are differences in need within that older adult population based on age, shown with our detailed evaluation of poverty rates throughout Central Indiana. While there are additional differences in need based on race and sexual orientation of older adults, this analysis is limited to female and male older adult (aged 55+) sub-populations.
Limitations and opportunities with public transit for an aging population in Central Indiana
Many older adults in Central Indiana rely on public transit to maintain their independence. However, transit options are often not well-known nor easily accessible. This State of Aging in Central Indiana Report (SoAR) research brief addresses important aspects of...
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
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
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
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
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.