What will it take for Americans to age successfully in place? A new book called “Independent for Life: Homes & Neighborhoods for an Aging America” has just been released. It has been authored by over a dozen aging experts & co-edited by the former head of HUD, Henry Cisneros.
With the growing number of baby boomers retiring, the question of aging in place becomes an important one. Policy makers are being urged to make communities & homes accessible so that elders can stay in place longer. Age related home improvement packages could feature such items as installing ramps, raising toilet height & lowering sink levels. Accessorizing neighborhoods might include making transportation available for seniors who can no longer drive. This allows for independence for elders to get to doctors appointments as well as run errands such as grocery shop & picking up prescriptions.
The article sheds light on a future we all should be thinking about! Submitted by Sara in Seattle