AARP releases a Study on Seniors’ desires to stay at home.
This In Brief summarizes a new research report, Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices, written by the National Conference of State Legislatures with the AARP Public Policy Institute.
Nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible, and 80 percent believe their current residence is where they will always live. However, for older adults to age in place, their physical and service environment must be accommodating.
The vast majority of older adults want to age in place, so they can continue to live in their own homes, communities and stay connected with church family. As the older population grows, the degree to which it can participate in community life and reach needed services will be determined, in part, by how communities are designed. This report examines state policies that can help older adults age in place. These policies include integrating land use, housing and transportation; efficiently delivering services in the home; providing more transportation choices, particularly for older adults who no longer drive; and improving affordable accessible housing to prevent social isolation.