Functional Ability, Neighborhood Resources and Housing Satisfaction among Older Adults in the U.S.

Jinmyoung Cho, Christine Cook, Marilyn J. Bruin

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The purpose of this study was to explore neighborhood resources that influence the housing satisfaction of older adults. The study included 10,146 participants from the 2009 panel of the American Housing Survey who were 65 years and older. Hierarchical regression modeling was performed to examine older adults' perceptions of neighborhood resources and consequently the role these resources play in predicting housing satisfaction among community dwelling and residents of assisted living, controlling for age, sex, ethnicity, education, and housing maintenance. In addition, three levels of physical functioning among residents of assisted living were examined. Results showed that there were differences in housing satisfaction by residences and levels of physical functioning. Subjective evaluations of neighborhoods and the near surrounds were significant predictors of housing satisfaction. Results of the study suggest that policy makers and housing professionals need to continue to consider the role of supportive neighborhoods and social environments in promoting successful aging particularly for frail older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-412
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • housing satisfaction
  • neighborhood
  • older adults
  • physical functioning


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