Aging in Place: 5 Things You Didn't Know
Posted on April 17, 2014
in Senior Safety & Independence
Updated 8/17/15 12:59pm | Article
- What is "aging in place”?
- What's the importance of aging in place for seniors?
- What are great resources for aging in place?
- How can Alert1 Medical Alert Systems help
seniors age in place?
- How can friends and family help you age in place?
What is aging in place?
"Aging in place is the ability to live in one's own home and
community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or
ability level." - The Center for Disease Control
To age in place is a process of making
a home senior friendly and ready for the next phase in life.
It is often stressful for some seniors to move to an unfamiliar place
later in life. For some the move to an assisted living facility may signify a
loss of independence. To age in place is the rejection of that megatrend in
favor of spending
your golden years in your own home. This way your aging loved one can stay
in the community they love and be connected to their nearby loved ones.
Americans love their
homes. Americans want to live in their homes.
Why is this important?
Seniors make up a large and increasing block of the population.
Seniors will make up an estimated 20% of the population by 2030. This
growing demographic has a strong preference toward remaining in their home.
According to a recent AARP study, 90% of baby boomers would much rather age in
With age, a senior’s
access to resources such as housing, transportation, accessibility and
safety become larger concerns. To age in place brings a comprehensive approach
the challenges of aging.
What are great resources for aging in place?
Laurie Orlov’s Aging In Place Technology Watch is a
great source of information for new technology in the space. Educated Aging, Age In Place and Changing Aging are
great sources of news and information.
Also, you can follow the Alert1 blog for
new information on senior issues and aging in place.
How can Alert1 Medical Alert Systems help you age in place?
Seniors have many tools at their
disposal to help with their aging in place plan. Setting up a senior medical alert system is among the
Alert1 helps seniors
stand their ground and age in place. Elderly men and women can get help they
need when they need it. At the same time, they can enjoy the creature comforts
of their “castle.”
Studies show that medical attention is essential during the first
90 minutes of a heart attack, stroke, or fall. More information is available on
the Alert1 site for readers interested in how medical
alert systems work.
How can friends and family help seniors with aging in place?
A strong senior
support system helps turn the dream to age in place into a reality. Alert1
connects seniors via our Circle
of Care. Seniors can elect to contact 911 or can contact a friend, family
member or neighbor.
Friends and family are invaluable in discussions to age in place well.
Loved ones will be the first to notice changes in personality and
health. A family caregiver or close relative can most effectively judge or evaluate
their senior’s health. Loved ones are best equipped to react to these
changes. Moreover, family members and friends provide much needed company and
We all know that leaving
one’s home makes it difficult to maintain relationships. But, staying in one’s
home and aging in place makes it difficult to maintain relationships as well.
We all get by with a little help from our friends.
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