Aging in Place
Seniors Are Making the Decision to Age in Place
There is a growing trend of seniors choosing to Age in Place. According to a study done by AARP, 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age. They want to enjoy the familiarity and comfort of home, engage with their established community and live independently.
Aging in Place is defined as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Seniors are choosing to Age in Place because it offers more independence. By staying in your own home you retain control over your life and maintain quality of life. But simply making the decision to Age in Place is not enough. It is important to plan for it. Challenges exist and will increase as you grow older. Some things to consider when planning to Age in Place:
- Maneuvering around the home
- Maintaining one’s health
- Preventing falls
- Maintenance needs for home and yard
- Driving safely
- Socialization needs
Aging in Place does not mean you need to manage everything yourself. By planning ahead, you can prepare for future needs and support before a crisis hits. You can begin to prepare your home now to accommodate future needs such as installing handrails in the bathroom or widening walkways to fit a potential need for a walker. Start researching what local resources are available to you and seek out community support.
Things to consider when putting your Aging in Place Plan include:
- Home modifications for aging needs
- Transportation options
- Join a social community
- Support for home maintenance
- Understand the availability of home nurses or health support services
The trend towards Aging in Place is gaining in momentum and many new products are being introduced to support it. Smart Technologies are offering new features to help seniors, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home which makes it easy to turn off lights by voice command. Other products like a Stove Guard, which will automatically turn off the stove after a determined time, and Pill reminders are starting to come to the market.
The biggest trend to support Aging in Place is the Village Movement. Local communities are forming volunteer supported “Villages” with the goal of supporting senior needs. They provide all-volunteer transportation and light home maintenance support while developing a rich social community. As a result, seniors can now have a community to lean on when they need something.
Aging in Place supports a seniors wish to independently remain in their own homes. It’s creating a plan for how you can receive support to stay at home as you grow older. The Aging Revolution has arrived.