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Aging In Place

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
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Abraham Lincoln
16th U.S. President

What is Aging In Place?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

Why Is Aging In Place Important?

Given the choice, most Americans would like to live out their golden years in their own home. According to the National Council on Aging survey completed in 2015, “older adults are looking to their communities as they age, so they can continue living in their own home as long as possible.”

  • 58% have not moved to a different residence in over 20 years
  • 75% intend to live in their current home for the rest of their lives
  • 62% would like to see services that assist with home modifications and repairs

But there is a disconnect between what people want and how they are preparing for aging in place.

Most Baby Boomers are not making the modifications that are necessary to safely age in place in their current home. Be smart – don’t be one of them!  

Benefits of Aging in Place

  • Remain comfortably in your own home
  • Keep your current pet(s) and not be limited to a specific pet size some facility will accept
  • Stay close to and maintain the support of your family and friends
  • Avoid moving to a seniors-only community, assisted living facility, CCRC, or other retirement home
  • Continue to enjoy the community where you currently live – the arts, fine dining, sporting events, parks & gardens, and cultural venues
  • Remain in close proximity to your current job or have other opportunities available if you choose to semi-retire
  • Save money – aging in place in your current home (or a downsized version) is much less expensive than moving to an assisted living facility or senior community – The current range of assisted living costs is between $2865 and $6,015 per month
Pro Tip: Don’t move to Alaska or Delaware for assisted living – they’re the highest $$$$

Should you Age In Place?

How to Age In Place

If you’ve decided that you want to make your current home your lifetime home, there are simple things you can do to make your environment fit you – right now and in the future.

Take a look at our Home Modification ideas and see which Assistive Technology Devices might be of help to you.

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