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.
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The authors wish to acknowledge the National Research Initiative Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Mack C. Shell, II, PhD, Iowa State University, Statistical Consultant for his guidance.
The investigation is part of a larger study, supported by a National Research Initiative Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to analyze the effects of local housing decisions and activities on the vitality of rural communities and to identify planning strategies that were used to mobilize resources for housing and community development. The research questions for this analysis include: