Excerpts for How to Age in Place : Planning for a Happy, Independent, and Financially Secure Retirement

What Is "Aging in Place"?

Aging in Place is a national movement aimed at enabling older adults to remain in their own homes by making available the social support, health care, and home maintenance services that people need to live safe, happy, productive lives in the community. Aging in place may mean continuing to live where you have lived for many years, or moving to a new residence (or new locale) that maximizes your ability to live independently.

Aging in place involves confronting some practical issues. If left undone, these issues can interfere with independent living:

• Financial planning
• Safe housing
• Neighborhood safety and "walkability"
• Accessibility of services (a pharmacy, for example, or nearby grocery store)
• Proactive medical and mental health care
• Opportunities for community, cultural, and civic engagement
• Sustainability to ensure long-term cost effectiveness

Beyond the practical issues, aging in place represents a philosophical shift--a social movement--which includes:

• Developing a new vision of healthy aging--a new attitude regarding needs of people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, and the myriad ways in which older adults can contribute to society

• Creating innovative, ef?cient models of eldercare services that make aging in place economically viable for the individual and society

As you can see, aging in place requires some planning. But arranging those services that will enable you to live independently, safely, and comfortably, and stay active and engaged throughout your retirement, will help make aging in place the "new normal."