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
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.:
features such as non-slip floor surfaces (80%)
aids such as grab bars (79%)
personal alert system that allows people to call for help in emergencies (79%)
without steps (77%)
electrical outlets (46%)
electrical switches (38%)
of these features do not currently exist in most seniors’ homes.
- Of seniors who have made modifications
to their homes:
said they did so for safety reasons
wanted to make the home easier to use by all family members
wanted to increase their ability to live independently
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
- 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
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.
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.
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:
North Shore Village is an example of seniors helping seniors in the north shore suburbs of Chicago