Aging in place means having the health and social supports and services you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able. Whether you are that older adult or the child of an aging parent, here are just few things to consider.
Make Your Home Safe and Accessible. A key step in planning for independence is assessing your home to determine if it can meet your changing needs as you age. Examples of some changes to consider are widening doorways in your home to allow access by a walker or wheelchair, installing grab rails in the bathroom, and clearing clutter.
Area Services. Age-friendly communities provide seniors with access to essential supports and services such as meals, recreational activities and in-home therapy services. You can get help for just about any service or need you have. Check with your local community and government services, including your local Agency on Aging.
Stay Connected. Staying connected to friends, family and community provides many benefits as you age. Social connections with community members of all ages can support physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.
Caring for Others. Talk to your family and friends about your plans and wishes, and understand the plans and wishes of the people you care for. Planning for your caregiving role and being aware of community health resources can help support you in your role. Caregiving can be stressful, but knowing where to get help and information can make it easier.