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What Is Aging in Place?

Close-up of a senior couple smiling

Every year, the National Council on Aging conducts its “United States of Aging” survey, which asks America’s senior citizens about their hopes, dreams and concerns.

And every year, those seniors make one thing very clear: the home where they live is the home in which they plan to spend the rest of their lives.

In other words, they hope to “age in place.” Continue reading "What Is Aging in Place?"

Preventing Falls at Home

Preventing Falls - seniors falling costs millions in medical costs each year.

Every year, 25 percent of America’s senior population is injured in a fall. It’s the leading cause of injury among our country’s older population, sending three million of them to the ER each year. It’s time we started doing more about preventing falls.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a fifth of all falls lead to broken bones or head trauma. We spend tens of billions of dollars a year treating falls. Eliminating some of the falling hazards around the house could save millions in healthcare expenses. Continue reading "Preventing Falls at Home"