August 19, 2016 – For Aging Blacks, ‘Golden Years’ Often Marred by Disability
While Americans are living longer than ever, a new study finds there’s still an important racial gap in health: Older black people are more likely than older white people to live their final years with disabilities.
“In 2011, at age 65, whites could expect to be free of disability for 15 out of their nearly 20 remaining years of life — about three-fourths of the time,” said study lead author Vicki Freedman.
In contrast, “blacks could expect to live 12 out of 18 years — or about two-thirds of remaining years of life — without disability. The gap was a similar size in 1982,” she said.
Freedman is a research professor with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.