• What Exactly is Aging in Place ?


    In plain English, aging in place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability 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. – National Association of Home Builders

    Seniors and baby boomers living at home: 3 Scenarios (Do any of these fit you or someone you love?)

    1. Aging in place without urgent needs: This group includes individuals who want to stay in their current home, are not experiencing immediate health/mobility issues, and prefer aging in place and universal design (see universal design page) conveniences.

    Example: A New Place to Grow Old

    2. Aging in place with progressive Condition-based needs: This group is made up of those with chronic or progressive conditions that will require special modifications for aging in place. These individuals are usually aware of their needs but meeting them is not necessarily urgent. Many have chronic conditions such as diabetes and lung/heart disease that challenge them.

    Example: Aging in Place: A Little Help can go a Long Way

    3. Aging in place with traumatic change needs: This group includes those who experienced an abrupt or immediate change that demands adjustments in the living environment for aging in place modifications and universal design.

    Example: My Life Changed in an Instant

    For more information, visit the Aging In Place website at: www.aginginplace.com


  • 90% of Hip Fractures in Adults 65 and Older are Caused by Falls…


    According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90% of hip fractures among adults ages 65 and older are caused by falls. These injuries can cause severe health problems and lead to a reduced quality of life or even premature death.

    Another very harmful effect of a fall is that it can rapidly deplete your loved one’s bank account due to the need for additional care. In many instances with seniors, the biggest obstacle to overcome in making their home safe, is the reluctance to act in a timely manner. Many times the typical response is, “ I don’t think I have the need for help”.

    The good news is that with a little prevention and minor modifications to the home, seniors can live comfortably in their home for years to come. After simple steps, such as, installing grab bars in the bathroom or adding ramps into the garage or off the patio, most seniors would admit that they rely on their safety upgrades and wouldn’t want to be without them. And that gives them and their loved ones peace of mind.