During the month of August, CareSmart is reproducing some of readers' favorite blogs. Many people have commented that this aging-in-place posting has helped them expand their concept of "place."
From February, 2016. AARP has consistently reported that the vast majority of adults age 65 or older would prefer to remain in their homes as they age. The first thing that comes to mind is the house or apartment in which we live. But home is more than that physical entity. If we're lucky, it's also a place where we feel safe, where we can be ourselves, where love and affection are shared. For many, home is also the place where we raised our kids, buy our groceries, and can count on our neighbors' help in an emergency. Thus, "home" is more than a roof over our heads; it also includes the communities in which we live... and where we also wish to stay.
As we age, the pull to remain in our homes and communities may grow even stronger as we come to rely more on our long-term knowledge of where things are and our ability to function within our known environments. In our homes, this may mean easily being able to find the bathroom in the dark; it our communities, it may mean recognizing landmarks that take us places to which we need to drive or walk. At the same time, our homes and communities may also need changes... changes like sidewalks, public transportation, and, dare-I-say grab bars, that help us maintain independence and function.
To learn more about user-friendly homes and livable communities that support Aging-in-Place, click here to visit the Environmental Wellness section of CareSmart's "Caring for You" page.