Published October 4, 2017
Congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor Louanne Bakk and colleagues on the publication of their manuscript, "Home modifications among community-dwelling older adults: A closer look at race and ethnicity," in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
Bakk, L., Cadet, T., Lien, L. & Smalley, A. (2017). Home modifications among community-dwelling older adults: A closer look at race and ethnicity. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
This study investigated racial and ethnic differences in home modification use. Data from the 2011 National Health and Aging Trends Study were used (n=6,764). Compared with non-Hispanic Whites, Hispanics were less likely to have a grab bar (odds ratio (OR) = 0.6), bath seat (OR = 0.8), or raised toilet (OR = 0.6). Non-Hispanic Blacks were less likely to have a grab bar (OR = 0.7) or bath seat (OR = 0.7) than non-Hispanic Whites, but more likely to have a raised toilet (OR = 1.3). English proficiency largely explained ethnic differences, while health status partially accounted for racial disparities.