Evidence Matters Features Aging in Place
The issue introduces the demographic trends and preferences of seniors to age safely and comfortably in the homes and communities of their choice. It outlines several of the strategies that seniors, local officials, and policymakers are pursuing to promote aging in place, with special attention to community-centered efforts in Atlanta, San Diego, and Newton, Massachusetts. The issue also surveys research efforts to measure the cost, health, and wellness benefits of aging in place.
- Economic and demographic shifts are creating a rising need for affordable, age-appropriate housing options for seniors wishing to remain in their homes and communities as they age.
- Homes can be modified, communities can be adapted, and seniors can be better connected to supports and services to facilitate aging in place.
- Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Supportive Services Programs and Villages have shown promise in helping seniors remain in their homes with a high degree of independence and social engagement.
- Research suggests that aging in place initiatives may yield cost savings to families, governments, and health systems as well as health, emotional, and social benefits to aging seniors and the broader community.
More research is needed to better understand the challenges posed by shifting demographics and to evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of current aging in place models.
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