A Guide to Aging in Place

Find out if Aging in Place is For You

As people age, they tend to feel a stronger desire to keep the familiar close. Many seniors feel connected to the homes where they raised their children and entertained their grandchildren, and they often don’t want to leave that home. When a senior chooses to live at home rather than move into an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, it’s known as “aging in place.” Yet living independently can present both health and safety risks for older adults, like falls. If you have an elderly loved one who wants to live at home, you might find yourself wondering how to manage these risks while listening to their desires.

In spite of the potential risks, the majority of seniors want to age in place. According to a survey published by AARP, 76% of adults aged 50 and older want to remain in their current homes as they age, and 77% indicate they want to live in their communities, even if their own homes won’t meet their needs. If you have a senior in your life, chances are you’ve had some discussions about their desire to age in place.

Thankfully, today’s seniors have a number of resources available to help them age at home safely. In this guide, we discuss how to determine if aging in place is best for your loved one, and what programs, services and supports are available to help them continue living at home.