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Aging in Place: 5 Things You Didn't Know

"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

Updated 7/13/17 9:45am | 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. That's why Alert1 wants to help you learn more about the aging in place process. 

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Why is Aging in Place 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 place.

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 to solving the challenges of aging.

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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 AgingAge 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.

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How can Alert1 Medical Alert Systems Help You?

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 most useful.

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.

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How can Friends and Family Help Seniors Age 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 emotional support.

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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