Overview of Aging in Place
There are various definitions of aging in place, but it generally refers to the phenomena of older adults
remaining in their homes and communities as they age, rather than relocating or moving into an institutional
setting. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.”
Nearly 90% of seniors want
to stay in their own homes as they age, and respecting their aging in place preference is an important
way to support them. Aging in place promotes
life satisfaction, a positive quality of life, and self-esteem—all of which are needed to remain
happy, healthy, and well into old age.
When aging in place is supported, the entire
community benefits. Beyond the health and wellness benefits of aging in place for older adults,
community members can benefit from the wisdom that older adults can share from their life experiences. Older
adults tend to volunteer
more than any other age group and supporting them in doing so, and in remaining active in their
community, will help people of all ages.
Resources to Learn More
in Place: A Toolkit for Local Governments
Provides an overview of aging in place and different program models that local governments can use to address
older adults' needs in the community, related to healthcare, the environment, and community planning.
Author(s): Ball, M.
Organization(s): Atlanta Regional Commission, Community Housing Resource Center
What Makes a Community Livable?
Results from a survey in which AARP asked people ages 50 and older about the communities they live in now and
what features they hope will exist in whatever community they may reside in as they get older.