Although aging brings challenges, your home doesn’t need to be one of them. Today, even as you face difficulties with everyday tasks, you can remain in your own home for many years. This increasingly popular plan of “aging in place,” means more than just staying put and struggling with impairments or chronic health conditions. You need a place to live that is safe and fits with your abilities: with today’s age-in-place design innovations, you can modify your home to adapt to your changing needs.
(Keith is credentialed as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) through (NAHB), the National Association of Home Builders.)
The mid-century “baby boom” has become the “retirement boom.” And, although some changes are inevitable with age, boomers are still shaking things up. They aren’t all ready to give up their homes and move to retirement villages or assisted living. Instead of uprooting themselves to find age-adapted housing, older Americans increasingly are modifying their homes to suit their changing needs. This is such a sweeping trend it has its own name – “aging-in-place” – and its own organization – the National Aging-in-Place Council (NAIPC). (more…)