Older Americans are enjoying healthier, longer lives than past generations. But rising housing costs and obesity rates may pose a new threat to these gains, researchers say.

The report, "Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being," tracked trends at regular intervals to see how older people are faring as the U.S. population grows older.

Obesity, a major cause of preventable disease and premature death, is increasing among older people. By 2010, the obesity rate for people 65 and over was 38 percent, a jump from 22 percent between 1988-1994, the report said.

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