A recent survey by the non-profit research firm The Demand Institute concluded that 63% of baby boomers plan to age in place rather than move again. See their report here.
If you are a member of that large population of folks born between 1946 and 1964, here are some things to consider as you seek to keep your home current and useful as you age:
Good contractors can do all of this in ways that look like anyone of any age or ability could live there happily (this is why it’s called universal design), and do NOT render the appearance institutional.
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By Debbie Farson
With seniors enjoying longer and healthier lives, many can stay in the homes they’ve loved for years with only a few simple modifications to increase comfort or accessibility.
Those renovations, however, require some special considerations not present when improving newer homes. Here’s a short list of older home issues to be aware of before you renovate:
Have you or a loved one reached the stage where you are considering medical alert systems, also called Personal Emergency Alert Systems (PERS)? If so and you’ve done any shopping at all, you may have been overwhelmed by all the options available. Let’s see if we can’t break it down and look at how to make a sensible selection.
Until relatively recently, it was assumed that seniors would move to either a senior living center or to a nursing home. Not surprisingly, seniors are resisting the idea of moving out of their home, and they desire more independence while staying in a familiar environment. Hence, the development of the concept of aging in place.