Aging in place is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” The value of aging in place is recognized more now than ever before.
If you’re among the estimated 90 percent of older Americans who want to stay put, or “age in place,” you might want to look around. Are all the bedrooms upstairs? Do you have to climb into the tub? Are the cabinets too high and the appliances too low?
America’s population continues to age, but how well is it adapting to homes that are also older and perhaps now less-suited to their new needs?
The AARP Foundation and the Harvard Joint Center of Housing Studies found that only 1 percent of the United States’ housing stock is equipped with the recommended universal design features (step-free entry to the home, curbless shower with handheld adjustable showerhead, and others).
Just 1 percent of homes are equipped for the demands and needs of tomorrow,
It’s time to get a massage. As long as there have been human beings, there has been massage, but far too many people have gone through decades of living without a single professional massage.
As we get older, many of our homes no longer work as well for us. But most of us want to remain in the homes we love.