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Growing Old in Suburbia: A Challenge for our Nation’s Elderly - A North Shore-LIJ Health System Study
Date:3/2/2013

(PRWEB) March 02, 2013

A study released this week of seniors living on Long Island suggests that while most seniors are faring well as they age, there are key issues that must be addressed to help aging seniors remain in their homes.

Identifying and addressing these needs will ultimately keep aging residents out of hospitals and nursing homes, according to Renee Pekmezaris, PhD, vice president for community health and health services research at the North Shore-LIJ Health System and associate professor of population health at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Pekmezaris led this assessment study, published in the March issue of Educational Gerontology.

The study was conducted over two time periods. In the first leg of the study, they called nearly 4,000 Long Island seniors at various hours of the day and early evening. In the end, the sample consisted of 842 people over age 65. Because people over age 85 often have different needs than their younger counterparts, the second part of the study pulled people into the survey who were over 85. They did the same for minorities, targeting a diverse ethnic sample. They spoke with 111 African Americans, 99 Asian Americans and 99 Hispanic older Americans about how they get around, their medical issues, social supports and economic factors. The average age of study participants was 76; 15 percent were over age 85. Most people said that they had lived in their communities for at least 30 years and 67 percent reported living with at least one other person -- only three percent lived with their children. Three out of four people said that they lived near a grocery store.

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