Most people want to keep living in their home as they age, but the home becomes the enemy. A Northfield couple worked with renowned architect Michael Graves to build a house specifically designed to accommodate aging.
Most seniors want to stay in their own homes, but often they need assistance to make that happen. Increasingly, home care services and community programs are becoming widely available, but connecting seniors with the services they need can be challenging.
Survey after survey affirms that the vast majority of people plan to age in their own homes rather than downsizing or moving to retirement communities. And most experts tend to agree it’s a worthy goal — but one that requires a lot of preparation.
As aging in place builds momentum, so does the commentary. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve noted these particularly insightful items:
Marjorie Belmonte just turned 102 and still lives at home — alone in her pink house in West St. Paul, Minn. And that’s exactly how she likes it. But it takes a village. Her children, neighbors, friends, church and a non-profit senior services organization all pitch it to honor her foremost wish to stay in the home where she has been since 1981. Marjorie has packed a lot of living in this past century, and St.
Most seniors still prefer to stay in their homes if they can, and a recent trend is toward the “village” cooperative model of assisted living where communities of seniors ban together to help one another age well in their own homes.
Groups of seniors create a membership organization that runs programs and assembles services to keep seniors in their homes and to help them live life to the fullest.