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Project 2: Participation-Focused Longitudinal Cohort Study of Individuals Aging with a Long-Term Physical Disability

What is this project about?

People aging with long-term physical disabilities start to see health-related signs of aging at an earlier age than the general population. They are also often excluded from research, so there are few studies examining changes in participation as adults with disabilities age. There is also limited research on how personal and environmental factors affect community participation for people aging with long-term physical disabilities.

Project goals

  1. Look at how participation changes for people aging with long-term physical disabilities over three years.
  2. Look at how receiving long-term supportive services (i.e., services provided by Centers for Independent Living and Area Agencies on Aging) affects how much they participate in their communities.

What does this study involve?

We recruited 474 people who were between the ages of 45 and 65 and had been living with a physical disability for at least five years to complete one 30-minute survey every three years. Surveys are collected online and over the phone.


We have finished data collection for this project. We are now analyzing data and disseminating our findings. See our peer-reviewed publications and infographics on data we have analyzed to date.