Local housing and service decisions: Planning for aging adults in rural communities

Shirley M. Niemeyer, Christine C. Cook, Jean Memken, Sue Crull, Marilyn Bruin, Sharon Laux, Betty Jo White, Becky Yust

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The purpose of this research was to identify factors associated with local housing and service decisions that support aging adults in rural communities. These decisions represent facto strategies that affect the quality of life of older residents and their ability to age in place. Data were collected from 951 informants in 134 Midwest rural communities. Analyses were undertaken to identify the role of community characteristics in predicting the availability of a group of housing options and support services. Findings support the notion that the community context is important to the delivery of key housing and service needs. Population size, proportion of community residents 65 years and older, and housing planning processes promoted gains in housing and services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-22
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006


  • Community
  • Decision
  • Elderly
  • Housing
  • Planning
  • Rural
  • Services
  • Vitality

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