Assessing Health & Well-Being of Senior Housing and Care Residents: Longevity

Study Shows Senior Housing Offers Longevity  

and Greater Access to Health Services 


Older adults who live in senior housing communities live longer, receive more support with home health, and benefit from greater preventive and rehabilitative care, according to new research conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, commissioned by NIC. 

On average, older adults in senior housing and care communities:

  • Live longer and have a lower mortality rate 
  • Receive more days of home healthcare 
  • Obtain more preventative and rehabilitative services at home 
  • Spend less time on anti-psychotic medications


“Now that we know that living in senior housing communities results in better outcomes, we need to better understand why so learnings can be applied everywhere. Policymakers and the private sector should value these insights as they assess the role of long-term care settings in the healthcare continuum and reinvent what it means to be an age-friendly society.” 
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
President, The John A. Hartford Foundation


Researchers compared senior living residents in the two years after moving to senior housing to counterparts who remained living independently in their community.  

The study was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC), through a grant from NIC, in support of the NIC mission to improve access and choice in senior housing and care.  


About NORC  
NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, NORC has conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge. www.norc.org 

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