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Modifying Homes for Aging Adults

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Aging Adults’ Quest for Health and Vitality

The White House has held a Conference on Aging each decade since the 1960s to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of America’s aging adults.
In the months leading up to the 2015 event, the White House Conference on Aging has been collecting input and feedback from Americans about how to shape the aging policy landscape through a number of venues, including our website, social media, listening sessions with stakeholders and by hosting regional forums across the country including in Tampa, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona, Seattle, Washington, Cleveland, Ohio, and Boston, Massachusetts.

As we listen to aging leaders and older Americans, some of the common themes we hear include the following:
Retirement Security is a vitally important issue. Healthy Aging will be all the more important as baby boomers age. As medical advances progress, the opportunities for older Americans to maintain their health and vitality should progress as well and community supports, including housing, are important tools to promote this vitality.

Older Americans overwhelmingly prefer to remain independent as they age. Following are the guidelines for helping our aging adults remain independent in their own homes.

 

Modifying Homes For Aging Adults

Home modifications can make our homes more livable, safe, and comfortable for those of all ages and abilities by:
  • Preventing falls and injuries
  • Reducing health problems
  • Delaying disability and difficulty with self-care
  • Potentially reducing medical expenses
  • Increasing feelings of confidence for family caregivers
  • Helping you more easily move around and use your home
  • Increasing your home’s value
  • Making your home more accessible for visitors who have difficulty walking or a disability
  • Allowing you to remain in your home and age in your community

As part of the White House Conference on Aging, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a 2-page guide detailing some simple actions like making entrances brighter, removing clutter to prevents trips/falls, putting tread strips in the shower, and installing anti-scald faucets to more complex modifications that require professional or skilled volunteer assistance.

Home Depot created a tip sheet and how to video highlighting simple home modifications to help individuals age in place. These home modifications can benefit our aging adults in many ways.  Take a look at their how-to video.

At The Miller Elder Law Firm we are committed to bringing you the education you need to make informed decisions regarding the health, vitality and protection of our aging adults.  Contact us for further information at 352.379-1900 or complete the form below and we will contact you.