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Your zip code may be a factor in how long you’ll stay active. Older people living in less advantaged neighborhoods become disabled roughly two years earlier than their counterparts in more affluent neighborhoods, according to a new Yale study.

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  1. >The findings, published Aug. 23 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, shed new light on the role environment plays in the disabling process. The data also point to a tangible effect of structural racism on the lives of older Americans, the researchers said. For the study, researchers tracked a cohort of 754 nondisabled people living in south central Connecticut from 1998 to 2020.
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    >Gill and his team found that, on average, a 70-year-old person in a disadvantaged neighborhood maintained their independence for 12.3 more years. But a 70-year-old person in a more advantaged neighborhood remained independent for an average of 14.2 more years. The researchers said there are many possible factors contributing to the disparity between advantaged and disadvantaged neighborhoods. They include access to quality medical care, availability of nutritious food, the condition of local sidewalks, access to public transportation, and stress related to neighborhood crime or violence in some places.

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