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Smart Homes for Aging in Place

Remote home control system on a digital tablet.

If you’re like us, you – or your kids — grew up watching The Jetsons, and its futuristic world with flying cars, robot housekeepers and video phones.

And while we may not be able to fly to the grocery store, many of things that seemed like science fiction back in the 1960s are just a part of everyday life now Continue reading "Smart Homes for Aging in Place"

Autumn Senior Safety Tips – Part #1

Senior Safety Tips: Social worker is visiting a senior woman at home

Contrary to some beliefs, America’s seniors are a diverse group. But no matter where they live, how they worship or who they vote for, America’s senior citizens tend to have one thing in common: they like the idea of aging in place. The senior safety tips below will help make that possible.

In other words, they want to remain in their home as they get older. Continue reading "Autumn Senior Safety Tips – Part #1"

Caring for Elderly Parents in Your Home vs. Aging in Place

Most seniors want to age in place.

Where would your elderly parents prefer to live? In 2011, the AARP polled its members about the concept of aging in place. Not surprisingly, nearly everyone they surveyed over the age of 75 said they wanted to live their final years at home.

But while there are more seniors today who want nothing more than to age in place, it’s also true that many of those same seniors can’t take care of themselves in their homes without help. Continue reading "Caring for Elderly Parents in Your Home vs. Aging in Place"

Mobility Tips for Aging in Place

aging in placeFor a growing number of aging Americans who are no longer quite as capable as they once were of getting around without assistance, or of completing everyday activities without help, the idea of moving into a senior care facility simply doesn’t sound appealing.

Instead, they would rather remain in the homes in which they’ve spent their adult lives. Homes that are familiar, and where they feel comfortable and safe. Homes, in many instances, with mortgages that have long ago been paid off.

So many older Americans, in fact, have begun choosing to remain in their homes regardless of their ability to adequately look after themselves that a phrase has been coined for the trend. It’s known as “aging in place.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), aging in place is nothing more than “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

A senior who chooses to age in place, in other words, is a person who hasn’t yet given up on life. This is a person, you might say, who is confident that he or she can overcome any obstacles that may appear during the quest to continue living a happily fulfilled and well-rounded life.

If that sounds like you, or like someone you love, we have good news: There are any number of simple and affordable home modifications that can make any house a safer and more welcoming place for people with mobility issues, vision problems, or nearly any other impediment that tends to be common in old age.

Here are just a few ideas for transforming a non-accessible home into a place where you or your aging relatives can age in place without constant fear of injury.

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Baby Boomers Take a Proactive Approach to Aging

stair lift rentals in PAIn 2011, the AARP did a survey of older homeowners and found most of them preferred to “age in place” instead of moving into a nursing home or other form of senior housing.

“The overwhelming majority of people want to stay in their homes,” age-in-place consultant Alissa Boroff told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune in 2014. “But the way we’re building homes, we’re not supporting their needs. There’s not enough universal design so people can age gracefully.”

Universal design refers to the concept of building homes so that they work for people at every stage of their lives. When that’s not the case, many homeowners wind up taking a proactive approach to aging and redesigning their homes to fit their eventual needs.

The Star-Tribune profiled a few couples who had remodeled their homes to make them more accessible. One added a bathroom with a walk-in shower and wheelchair accessible sink, while another added a bedroom and bathroom to their first floor.

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