Examining the Role of Housing Tenure and Health on the Aging Population in the U.S.

Roshanak Mehdipanah
Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health


This pilot study examines the relationship between housing characteristics and health among older Americans. Using the Health and Retirement Study, we hypothesize that, homeownership will have a protective effect over negative health outcomes in disinvested neighborhoods and that affordable housing and good housing conditions protect against negative health outcomes.


  • Roshanak Mehdipanah , Jaclyn Martin , Alexa K. Eisenberg , Amy J. Schulz , Lewis B. Morgenstern & Kenneth M. Langa (2021): Housing status, mortgage debt and financial burden as barriers to health among older adults in the U.S, Housing and Society, DOI:10.1080/08882746.2021.1881373
  • Mehdipanah R. 2019. Housing affordability and health. Panelist at Mayors’ Institute on Affordable Housing and Health: Advancing City-Level Strategies to Generate Sustainable Solutions. NeighborWorks and National League of Cities, April 2019, Detroit, Michigan.
  • Mehdipanah, R. 2019. Aging in Place: Helping individuals grow old at home. 2nd annual MiCDA Pilot Project Symposium. March 28, 2019, Ann Arbor, MI.