How Aging in Place Can Keep Mom or Dad Out of the Retirement Home

When people decide to choose Aging in Place, they can safely live in their home without having to move into a retirement home. Readers will find five reasons how aging in place can keep seniors living in their own home

  1. It is cheaper than a nursing or retirement home. Marty Bell, from the National Aging in Place Council, says that to society, it costs less for a person to age in place than move to a retirement home.
  2. They will be healthier in the long run. The study run by Ana Montoya, and Lona Mody titled, Common infections in nursing homes: a review of current issues and challenges reported that people in nursing homes get around 2 million infections each year.
  3. Seniors are able to stay independent when they live in their home. A study by Clarity and the EAR Foundation reported that 26 percent of seniors fear losing their independence. 60% of seniors had their home modified so they were able to live independently.
  4. Aging in place is more common than people think. According to research conducted by the American Association for Retired People (AARP) in 2011, around 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their home.
  5. When people choose to age in place, they are close to loved ones. Research from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College says seniors prefer to stay at least 20 miles away from family and close friends.
  6. Older adults can stay in their community. The Gerontologist published a study that found retired people age in place because they have an attachment and are familiar with their community as well as their home.
  7. They will help their body by reducing isolation. At the University of Chicago, researchers found that there was a link between high blood pressure and isolation. They also found that isolation can occur even when seniors live in assisted living communities.