Aging in Place

Aging in Place (AIP) defines the process of preparing one’s residence to allow them to live as long as possible in their own residence before they need to move to assisted living, memory care or a skilled nursing facility. According to AARP surveys, 70-80% of retirees want to age in place.

Stylish Home Updates That Make Aging Easier

AARP is a great source of information for seniors. One of the major areas of focus has always been on Aging-in-Place.

Check out this recent article that "explains how large and small renovations, stylish updates and space reconfigurations can improve safety and quality of life — allowing you to live more comfortably now and into the future.​"

8 Tools for Making Cooking Easier

Aging in Place? Here's 8 Kitchen Tools to Make Cooking Easy

"With about 87 percent of seniors making the choice to age in place at home rather than moving to assisted living or long-term care facilities, it is more important than ever to ensure that older Americans find the tools they need to live safely and independently."

"Planning is key to successful aging in place, preparing for different scenarios, and determining what daily living aids, gadgets, and durable medical equipment can help. Adaptive and assistive devices help seniors to remain as self-reliant and independent as possible, while they also enhance safety."

This article that was originally posted in Aging in Place Caregiver University and reposted here in RehabMart.com suggests some creative tools to make meal preparation safer and easier.

HomeFit Guide

A free publication (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese) featuring smart ways to make a home comfortable, safe and a great fit for older adults — and people of all ages.

This is where you start your Aging-in-Place journey and help protect yourself and family members from unnecessary falls or other injuries.

Can be viewed online, downloaded or ordered as a hardcopy document from AARP.

Audience/Eligibility

Check out the following YouTube video for a brief introduction into the concepts promoted through the HomeFit Guide.

HomeFit Webinar Tour (youtube.com)

AARP - 5 Types of Tech Products to Help Loved Ones Age in Place

You don’t need a smart home to ensure comfort and safety

"Thanks to new technology, older adults can stay independent in their own homes with cherished possessions, established routines and the help of innovative products that make living easier."

Some solutions don’t require Wi-Fi connectivity, while others leverage smart technology to be compatible with other devices. Either way, these tools enable family caregivers who don’t live in the home to be an integral part of the day-to-day activities of an aging adult."

This AARP article addresses: Preferring home • Detecting falls • About alarm buttons • Managing medications • Keeping clean • Tracking without intruding • Sleeping comfortably

Technology for Seniors

A Guide to Useful Technology for Older Adults in 2024 -

"Aging in place is an attractive option for many older adults. And thanks to advances in technology, it's a safe and realistic option for the majority of Americans enjoying their golden years. Assistive devices, mobile apps, and medical alert systems can work together to keep you safe and independent in your home, even as your health needs change.

Below, we'll touch on some gadgets, apps, and services that can help seniors safely remain in the familiarity of their home for longer and connect with friends and family, even from afar. Of course, most of these digital devices require a good internet connection for them to work properly. So, we'll give you the rundown on your internet options as well."

This article from SeniorLiving.org provides a comprehensive view on the use of technology to support seniors so that they can age in place.

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14 Bathroom Updates for Now and Later as You Age in Place

Bathrooms present a high risk of falls and need special attention.

"The risk of falling rises with age as people experience decreased mobility, reduced eyesight, muscle weakness and other conditions. Each year, more than 10 percent of adults 65 and older have falls that result in injuries. ​

​Falls happen mostly at home and mainly in the bathroom, which can be a slippery space with hard surfaces. Bathroom design upgrades — from small and inexpensive to big and bold — can make a difference and help prevent falls.​​"

This August 2023 article from AARP focuses on useful bathroom improvements that help to prevent fall.

Tips and Tools to Make Cooking Easier as You Age

Whether you’re someone who loves cooking or someone who sees it as a necessary hassle, changes associated with aging—poorer eyesight, stiffer hands, easier fatigue—can make the task more difficult.

But you can overcome those challenges with a few simple strategies and some well-designed tools.

This article published in Consumer Reports has several suggestions for making cooking easier.

AARP - 5 Ways Technology Can Make Life Easier for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

Wearables, smart homes and other solutions may help, though one size doesn’t fit all

Everyday technology that people use around the house — including doorbell cameras, smart speakers and wrist-worn trackers — can help those suffering from cognitive decline. The tech may ease the burden on caregivers, too.

“Every family caregiver’s number one priority is their loved one’s safety,” says Jennifer Reeder, director of educational and social services for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “And this is where technology can play an important and helpful role, especially if the caregiver and their family member who is living with dementia don’t reside in the same home.”

No solution works for all Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

“Dementia-related illnesses affect everyone differently,” Reeder says.

This article from AARP helps to explain the ways that technology can be useful when caring for patients with dementia.

AARP - Caregiver's Guide to Smart Home Technology

Technology today can offer caregivers oversight into the lives of aging loved ones without being intrusive. The devices that can help put together the big picture of a loved one’s health and well-being aren’t a substitute for interaction. But they can help an older adult remain independent longer.

AARP - Ride-Hailing App Adds Feature for Caregivers

Uber app will let caregivers be part of three-way talk with driver, help bill insurer if covered.

Caregivers face an especially rough road when navigating ride-hailing services designed for able-bodied people familiar with technology.

Organizing a Lyft or Uber ride on somebody else’s behalf requires communicating with the driver through your app and keeping in touch with the passenger separately. Getting insurance to cover those costs can also be a bumpy ride.

This AARP article explains how new technology can help caregivers when using ride-hailing transportation for their care recipients.

AARP - Quiz: Do You Know How Technology Can Help You Care for a Loved One?

Tech won’t solve all problems, but it can take some pressure off you

"If you’re an older adult, smart homes may seem like a lot of hype — or best left to those more comfortable with technology.

But if you’re one of the 9 in 10 people ages 50 to 80 who say they want to stay in their homes as long as possible, innovations available today can help you remain independent, especially if you live alone. And that tech can help your family keep tabs on your safety without being intrusive. Here’s a quiz to show you what today’s tech can do for you and your family."

This article from AARP illustrates many of the ways that technology can assist in the process of caregiving.

5 Smart Ways to Check in on Your Independence

"Wondering if your health is on track to age in place? Here’s how to discover for yourself how you’re doing on your own."

"It’s nearly inevitable that your adult kids will start parenting you a bit as you grow older. They love you — and want you to be safe — but if they frequently express concerns about your independence, it can feel a little insulting. There’s a good chance that you’re managing everything at home just fine on your own."

“Most people want to age in place,” says Dianne Stone. She is the associate director of network development and engagement at the National Council on Aging (NCOA). “And by that, I mean in the place of their choosing and to live independently for as long as possible.”

"Maintaining good health and autonomy often comes down to savvy planning and a fair amount of self-awareness. Experts say that a big part of healthy aging is anticipating future needs."

Check out this article from SilverSneakers regarding ways to assess and maintain your independence.

Your Home Checklist for Aging in Place

Start with small projects and anticipate future needs.

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