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Aging In Place

What is "Aging in Place"?
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), aging-in-place means remaining in one's home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or mobility 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.

Aging in Place: Facts and Statistics
According to research by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP),:
  • Almost all seniors (90%) want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place.”
  • Even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most seniors (82%) would prefer to stay in their homes. Only a few express a preference for moving to a facility where care is provided (9%) or for moving to a relative’s home (4%).
  • Living under one’s own rules is a key reason for staying in one’s own home, with 42% of seniors choosing it as one of their top three considerations.
  • AARP identified housing features that seniors find are especially important in the later years as they begin to experience reduced eyesight, poorer balance, reduced flexibility, etc.:
 
    • Safety features such as non-slip floor surfaces (80%)
    • Bathroom aids such as grab bars (79%)
    • A personal alert system that allows people to call for help in emergencies (79%)
    • Entrance without steps (77%)
    • Wider doorways (65%)
    • Lever-handled doorknobs (54%)
    • Higher electrical outlets (46%)
    • Lower electrical switches (38%)

Unfortunately, most of these features do not currently exist in most seniors’ homes.
   
  • Of seniors who have made modifications to their homes:
70% said they did so for safety reasons
65% wanted to make the home easier to use by all family members
60% wanted to increase their ability to live independently
55% wanted to provide flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of family members
   
  • Most pre-retirees expect they will be able to live independently during retirement; relatively few (14%) expect they will need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care at any point during their retirement.
  • Thinking about parents’ getting older is on the minds of most adult children (88%) and older parents (75%).
  • More than half of the adult children (54%) think their parents will need their help but less than three in ten (27%) older parents agree.
  • 75% of adult children and 69% of parents think about the parents’ ability to live independently as they get older.
 
From the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):
  • 75% of remodelers report an increase in inquiries related to aging in place.
  • The NAHB predicts that aging in place remodeling market to be $20-$25 billion. That’s about 10 percent of the $214 billion home improvement industry.
 
According to the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute:
  • 91% of pre-retirees age 50 to 65 responded that they want to live in their own homes in retirement. Of that group, 49% want to stay in their current homes, and 38% want to move to new homes.
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits to the emergency room in the U.S. and the primary cause of accidental deaths (75 %) in people over 65.
 
Senior Well-Being

It's also not just about having the right home in which to age in place; nor is it only about accessibility issues. Quality of life is also about your psychological and social well-being. A recent Chicago Tribune article (3/27/2016) quoted AARP's Aldea Douglas "78% of people aged 45+ say they want to stay in their current residences...and 80% want to stay in the same community". 

Listed below are some great websites that advocate for and promote senior quality of life:
 
Positive Aging in Action is a newsletter from the American Society of Aging

North Shore Village is an example of seniors helping seniors in the north shore suburbs of Chicago

Lincoln Park Village is an example of a "Village Network" in an urban setting


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