Magazine article Aging Today

Survey Details Racial Groups' Attitudes toward Assisted Living

Magazine article Aging Today

Survey Details Racial Groups' Attitudes toward Assisted Living

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A recent caring.com survey (http://goo.gl/DC5xFl) lays out the details of who chooses to move into assisted living-type facilities, who does not and the potential reasons why. Perhaps not surprisingly, Caucasians top the list (at 64 percent) of those who choose senior living facilities, whereas only 37 percent of African Americans and Hispanics would consider that option.

Caring.com poses several theories as to why this is true, beginning with the fact that more senior living residences are built in higher income white neighborhoods. Also, the move-in entry fee, at an average of $6,000, is off-putting for many potential residents. Debra Carter, director of the senior services employment program for the National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, says, "[$6,000 is] a lot of money to pay out of pocket, and generally speaking ... Caucasian Americans are in a place to be able to afford that when compared to a lot of blacks and Hispanics in this country. …

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