January 29, 2022

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As Rhode Island ages, inequities continue, economics worsen for some

G. Wayne Miller

PROVIDENCE – The population of Rhode Islanders age 60 and older continues to grow, and as it does, some economic, racial and health disparities also persist or increase, a new study underwritten by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and released on Tuesday has found.

The study, “Healthy Aging Data Report,” provides detailed community-by-community analyses intended to help organizations, foundations and others address inequities.

Among the key findings, according to the report:

• “Rhode Islanders are more diverse and the older population is growing.” In 2020, there are more than 240,000 Rhode Islanders age 60 and older.

• “Rhode Island has the highest percentage of older people ages 85 and older in New England,” and the third-highest percentage in America.

• “Deep and historic inequities plague Rhode Island. Where a resident lives and what resources they have access to directly affects their health and quality of life, particularly for communities of color and the LGBTQIA+ community.”

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