The term ‘aging in place’ deals with a variety of issues, one of which is having older Americans age in their own communities and homes. Almost 89 percent of the elderly in the United States wish to reside in their own homes, creating a powerful impetus for elderly-friendly (aka “aging-friendly”) communities. To allow older Americans to stay in their own homes, communities must supply elders with appropriate services. Affordable housing, transportation, social services and social opportunities allow elderly people to function independently or with some assistance and continue living their lives within the community.
The 2007 report, “Aging in Place: A Technical Assistance Guide”, published by Partners for Livable Communities.
The contents of this Guide are organized into five sections: SECTION 1 – Introduces the critical issues that older adults face as they age in place, seeking to remain independent in their own homes and communities; SECTION 2: Chronicles the evolution of the Aging in Place agenda as well as how some important national partnerships have shaped Partners’ approach; SECTION 3: Provides short descriptions of what was accomplished in some of the many places that Partners has worked over the years; SECTION 4: Provides help in determining your community’s Aging in Place readiness with the Community Report Card; and SECTION 5: Lists and describes comprehensive technical assistance offerings from Partners for Livable Communities.