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Home and Community-Based Service and Other Senior Service Use: Prevalence and Characteristics in a National Sample

AbstractWe report on the use of home- and community-based services and other senior services and factors affecting utilization of both among Americans over age 60 in the Health and Retirement Study. Those using home- and community-based services were more likely than to be older, single, Black, lower income, receiving Medicaid, and in worse health. Past use of less traditional senior services, such as exercise classes and help with tax preparation, were found to are associated with current use of home- and community-based services. These findings suggest use of less traditional senior services may serve as a ?gateway? to home- and community-based services that can help keep older adults living in the community.; AbstractWe report on the use of home- and community-based services and other senior services and factors affecting utilization of both among Americans over age 60 in the Health and Retirement Study. Those using home- and community-based services were more likely than to be older, single, Black, lower income, receiving Medicaid, and in worse health. Past use of less traditional senior services, such as exercise classes and help with tax preparation, were found to are associated with current use of home- and community-based services. These findings suggest use of less traditional senior services may serve as a ?gateway? to home- and community-based services that can help keep older adults living in the community.