What does it mean to “age in place?” The United States Center 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.”
AgeinPlace.com describes aging in place as, “a term used to describe a person living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able, as they age. This includes being able to have any services (or other support) they might need over time as their needs change.” They also note that this occurs over a period of time in a person’s life, where quality of life is maintained.
An AARP survey found that about 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes—as opposed to moving into a nursing home, assisted living, with adult children—as they age. With the 65+ age group growing at a rate faster than the total U.S. population, figuring out how and where people will live successfully as they age is more important than ever.
Our new infographic covers these topics to consider for yourself or a loved one who prefers to stay in their home for the long term:
- Social engagement
- Back-up help
Take a look and see if there are things you can address now to plan for aging in place.