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NEWS RELEASE

BLACK AND AGING IN AMERICA 2021 QUANTIFIES DIRE, PERNICIOUS DISPARITIES IN QUALITY OF LIFE BETWEEN OLDER WHITE, AFRICAN AMERICANS

For Immediate Release

February 1, 2022

Contact: Deborah Mathis

deborah@new-cities-media.com

NEW: BLACK AND AGING IN AMERICA 2021 QUANTIFIES DIRE, PERNICIOUS DISPARITIES IN QUALITY OF LIFE BETWEEN OLDER WHITE, AFRICAN AMERICANS

(Washington, D.C.)  Despite strides in healthcare coverage, obesity rates and education, Older African Americans continue to lag their peers of other races in nearly every quality of life indicator – income and wealth, housing, technology, employment, and long-term care.

That is the overarching finding of “Black and Aging in America 2021,” a new comprehensive report by the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA).  The report is a compendium of empirical date from an assortment of government and academic studies and analyses.

“It’s regrettable that the historic, racial gaps in the way Older Americans live are still with us, still wide, and nearly categorical, even after so many were purportedly enlightened about these disgraceful disparities in the wake of the Covid pandemic,” said Karyne D. Jones, President and CEO of NCBA.

“The numbers are undeniable.  So is the imperative for changes.  Neglect and discrimination have a domino effect, we would hope lawmakers and policy makers would finally recognize the connection between the well-being of any group and the well-being of all.  We will redouble our efforts to press for change.”

The full report is available to read or download for free on the NCBA website.

For interviews with Karyne Jones, contact Deborah Mathis at deborah@new-cities-media.com.

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