Aging in Place
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Home Modifications for Aging in Place
February 18, 2015
Falls are the number 1 cause of death for older people 65 or over. On fifth of all households are maintained by person 65 or older. Why do older people wish to live at home - to maintain independence? With retirement nest eggs shrunken because of the recession, and 90 percent of older adults indicating they want to age in place at home. Yet older people can become more vulnerable if they live alone.
By 2020, the number of persons over age 85 who live alone is expected to double to 2.3 million. The majority of older women over 75 live alone.
Aging in Place Has Come of Age
February 11, 2015
By 2030, residents born between 1946 and 1964 will make up 20 percent of the population, with 72.1 million Americans ages 65 and older. As this population grows, so do concerns that the U.S. health system will not be able to meet the health needs of seniors, particularly in regard to demands for long-term care. But instead of moving seniors to nursing homes or assisted living facilities, some communities are taking another approach to long-term care: aging in place. Under the practice, seniors are able to reach advanced ages while still residing at home, thanks in part to community resources and programs.