More and more the phrase “there’s no place like home” has been ringing true for aging populations in the United States. In fact, AARP recently found that over 75% of adults over the age of 50 would prefer to remain in their current homes. This is known as “aging in place,” and refers to the idea that senior citizens can remain in their own homes, rather than moving into a retirement community or nursing home – and is growing in popularity for a good reason.
When planned properly, aging in place can offer a wide variety of benefits for seniors and their support groups, including:
Comfort and Familiarity
There is often reluctance when it comes to moving into a retirement home or assisted living facility, and that’s ok! Many seniors have lived in the same home for decades and have formed strong attachments to their surroundings and their daily routines within that space. There is comfort in knowing exactly where everything is and how it works. As a result, aging in place is a great way to help seniors age gracefully and thrive in the home of their choice.
Maintain the Feeling of Freedom & Independence
Aging in place gives seniors the option to maintain the quality of life and independence they’ve enjoyed throughout their lives. From their favorite hobbies, including gardening, reading, cooking, and baking, to seeing friends and family members—they can spend their time surrounded by familiar items and people, rather than having to adjust to an unfamiliar environment or give up things that are important to them.
Slow Memory Loss
Over time our brains naturally begin to lose some of their agility. It’s a normal part of the aging process, but it can make it harder to stay sharp and focused. Having access to familiar surroundings and familiar people makes it much easier to maintain memory function in the long run, while also reducing stressors and anxieties.
Proximity to Loved Ones & Community
As we age, it’s important to stay active and engaged in our communities. Aging in place can help us do just that! By staying in the same home, seniors can continue to participate in local events, volunteer, and remain connected with friends and loved ones.
Aging in place also allows us to age as gracefully as possible, while also providing the security of knowing that there is always someone to turn to if need be. When we’re surrounded by familiar faces every day, it can be easier for us to maintain our independence and continue doing the things that make us feel fulfilled.
For some, moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home is just not feasible financially – and that’s ok! In many cases, aging adults have already paid off their homes, meaning they won’t have to account for housing costs as they age in place. Instead, plan for what kind of assistance you’ll need as you age in place and budget accordingly.
Costs to plan for can include:
- Home modifications to reduce safety and accessibility issues
- Caregiving costs including home cleaning, laundry, or meal preparation services
- Medical costs including home health aides, medications or other health services
Aging in Place in Nashville, TN
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