According to the Center for Disease Control, it defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Aging in place is an option to utilize special housing design for seniors, installation of safety equipment, and in home care service that enables the senior to remain at home or in an assisted living or independent living home.
There are several benefits for seniors who wish to age in place. One of the major benefits is familiarity of staying in one’s own dwelling and environment. They can continue to live in their own home with having to deal with a drastic change. Aging in place also fosters independence. This means that they are still allowed to go to the grocery store, the bank, or drugstore.
Another benefit to aging in place is it promotes physical, social, and mental well-being. While living in his or her current home, the senior is able to keep in contact with their neighbors and nearby friends. They’re also able to do physical things around the home such as cook and clean which keeps their mind working.
The many benefits for seniors to age in place first and foremost allows the aging adult to feel in control. The sense of being in control and having a sense of independence encourages physical, social, and mental well-being.