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S ay You Saw It In The SENIOR NEWS • May, 2013 9 Age-Proof Your Life To Age In Place By Dawn Williams, Senior News Associate Publisher he U.S. Census Bureau says related article, and livability,” saidelevator. more than 60 million Americans “Find the Re- David Callahan, a Kitchen renovations should be T are 55 or older, and that numbersources You Need partner in AIP aimed at making the elements in the will jump to more than 100 million To Stay On Your (Aging in Place) room more accessible and improving when the youngest of the Baby Own Turf,” on Custom Builders workspace. This might include Boomers reach full retirement age. page 10); and and president of increasing open floor space, adjusting More than 80 percent of us, according whether your home Callahan and appliance height, installing rollout and to AARP, intend to stay in our homes is or can be adapted Peters, a company sliding shelves, and enhancing light- as we age. to meet your needs that has been serv- ing, Callahan said. Aging in place is a term that refers toyou age. The icing homeowners Other considerations might include staying in your own home in your laterMetLife Founda- since 1948. AIP is filling in sunken rooms; widening years, “safely, independently, and tion offers a work- a partnership of doorways and hallways to accommo- comfortably, regardless of age, book to help you non-competing, date the use of a walker or wheelchair; income, or ability level,” according toetermine if aging family-owned adding safety features such as security the Centers for Disease Control. It is a place is right for Universal design promotes open remodelers. The alarms, cameras and exterior lighting; concept that has gained popularity - you. Visit the web- space for easier access. This approaccollaboration was and installing keyless door locks to and practicality - as the nation’s demo-te at www. benefits those with mobility issues, established in make entry easier for you, Callahan graphic profile began shifting toward MetLife.com to and creates a spacious, comfortable 2012, and each said. the highest percentage of older adultsaccess the free environment for those of all abilitiepartner has been in The Right Credentials in history. download. existence for more Whatever improvements you have in “Older people want choices about Readying Your Home than 25 years. mind, Callahan recommends that you where and how they age in place,” said Age-related changes in mobility and According to the CDC, the possibili- work with a contractor who is a Janine L. Wiles, Ph.D. and colleagues functioning are often the primary fac-ty of falling represents the greatest rCertified Aging-in-Place Specialist, a in a 2011 article in The Gerontologist.or in determining whether aging in to seniors, so those who choose to age designation instituted by the National “Aging in place related to a sense of place is a good choice. Home design in place need to consider modificationsAssociation of Home Builders in con- identity both through independence sometimes makes it difficult for a perthat reduce this risk and improve theirjunction with Home Innovation and autonomy and through caring rela- son with arthritis, balance issues or comfort and ability to function in the Research Labs, the 50+ Housing tionships and roles in the places peopleher mobility limitations to move home. Callahan said the top three ren- Council and AARP. CAPS designation live.” through or access parts of the house, ovations to make a home more safer signifies that the professional you’re Is It Right For You? and may even increase risks to your and more senior-friendly include working with has been trained in The decision to age in place dependssafety in a home that suited your needremodeling the bathroom, adding a design and building solutions that on numerous factors, not the least of when you were 30 years younger. first-floor master bedroom, and mak- address aging and home accessibility. which is your personal preference. The concept of Universal Design ing the kitchen more accessible. The decision to age in place has Emotional attachment to one’s home issues. The term was coined by archi-efree can include revamping the space is designed or renovated to accommo- and community, according to research tect Ronald L. Mace and later expand- to make it more open,” he explained. date your changing needs as you age. studied by the National Institutes of ed by Selwyn Goldsmith in the early The most popular request is making a Such improvements, Callahan said, can be assets to healthy aging. Others1960s. The broad range of ideas walk-in shower with a sitting stool. give you an attractive, comfortable, considerations include your present encompassed by Universal Design in This is sometimes called a barrier-freemore functional dwelling for your later physical condition and capabilities; asts contemporary use refers to creatinshower, which eliminates tripping haz- years, while increasing the value of well as anticipated future needs to environments that are barrier-free, ards and when done right, looks spa- your investment. address changing capabilities; the sup-daptive and accessible, while still like.” For more information on home port systems you have in place (i.e., upholding the highest degree of aes- Adding a first-floor suite eliminatesimprovements that support aging in family and friends); the availability ofetic appeal. any problems with climbing stairs in a place, visit the website at additional support, such as in-home “Adding Universal Design features two-story home. Some homeowners AIPCustomBuilders.com or call 847- assistance and/or medical care (see ouro a home increases its functionality alternately opt for the installation of830-0570.
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