What is aging in place?
Aging in place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years, and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a “home” for a lifetime.
- National Association of Home Builders -
Seniors and baby boomers living at home: 3 Scenarios
(Do any of these fit you or someone you love?)
1. Aging in place without urgent needs: This group includes individuals who want to
stay in their current home, are not experiencing immediate health/mobility issues, and
prefer aging in place and universal design (see universal design page) conveniences.
Example: A New Place to Grow Old
2. Aging in place with progressive Condition-based needs: This group is made up of
those with chronic or progressive conditions that will require special modifications for
aging in place. These individuals are usually aware of their needs but meeting them is
not necessarily urgent. Many have chronic conditions such as diabetes and lung/heart
disease that challenge them.
Example: Aging in Place: A Little Help can go a Long Way
3. Aging in place with traumatic change needs: This group includes those who
experienced an abrupt or immediate change that demands adjustments in the
living environment for aging in place modifications and universal design.
Example: My Life Changed in an Instant