If you’re thinking about how you want to spend retirement, it’s probably safe to assume that home is where you want to live. Of course, living at home doesn’t always mean staying in the same house where you’ve spent the last 20 years. It can also mean moving to an active adult community, or even downsizing to apartment living. No matter where home is to you, modern technology and supports like in-home care, make aging in place an option that more and more retirees are choosing!
So, what is aging in place? It basically means growing old in the comfort of your own home, independently and safely.
Did you know that 90% of seniors want to age at home? It’s really no wonder why! But, in case you needed convincing, here are the top 5 benefits of aging in place:
Socializing is good for you! It keeps you from feeling lonely, keeps your mind sharp, and makes you happy. Not only can it stave off isolation, but it can also keep a myriad of other mental health disorders at bay—including depression and anxiety! But that’s not all. Being near your friends and family may actually lower your risk of developing certain memory disorders, such as a dementia and Alzheimer’s! That’s right—a Harvard University study proved that socially active individuals experienced less memory loss than those who are socially inactive.
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They say home is where the heart is, and many retirees who choose aging in place would probably agree with that sentiment! While home can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, it’s generally the place where you can unwind after a long day. It’s the place where you get to enjoy your favorite shows, plunked down in your favorite armchair. The place where you get to experience a beautiful sunrise with a cup of coffee in your hand. The place where memories are made and routines are formed. Any place you call home will be familiar and adapted to your personal needs and preferences. What’s more comfortable than that?
As you age, you might find it harder to do daily tasks like cleaning around the house or cooking full, healthy meals. Maybe you’ll start feeling a little forgetful or have a harder time moving about. If any of this is the case, don’t start touring nursing homes just yet! For those who don’t need constant medical attention, in-home care or other supports like adult day care are great supplements for safely aging in place! And, it’s definitely cheaper! The national average daily cost for a home health aide is $169. The daily cost of a nursing home is nearly double!
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The majority of those affected are over the age of 65. With memory-related conditions, aging in place can be helpful as it provides familiarity and consistency. Also, staying within close proximity to friends and loved ones is very helpful! In fact, studies have shown that dementia can be slowed by up to 70% when the affected adult remains social and connected with loved ones!
We all value our independence. Nobody wants to be beholden to a schedule set by somebody else or told what to do. Aging in place allows seniors to maintain their independence, which in turn, helps them maintain a positive attitude, feelings of self-worth, and an optimistic outlook on life. Feeling in control over one’s personal life can reduce stress and strengthen resistance to illness! In other words, it gives older adults a sense of fulfillment and purpose!
Staying in your own home throughout retirement is ideal for you and your family! If you need help finding support or other resources that can help with safe aging in place, then start here:
Senior Resource Home Care Directory
Senior Resource Adult Day Care Directory
Aging In Place Resources: CAPS and More!
Whether it’s time for a change, or you’re just doing some research, we can help! At SeniorResource.com, we believe in the empowerment of older adults and their caregivers through knowledge. But, we also understand that at this juncture of life, time is your most valuable asset. So, why waste it doing another internet search? Senior Resource is your one-stop spot for all things retirement. We do the work and find all the facts, just so you don’t have to!
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Originally published December 09, 2022
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