Aging In Place – Helping Seniors Stay In Their Own Home

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According to an AARP survey, nearly 90% of people age 65 and older want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Here are 6 success factors from Fidelity to help make this a reality.

When Marguerite Sullivan’s spouse passed away, the 78-year-old had no interest in moving. She’s healthy, has many friends, and her 2 sons live nearby. Plus, she’s a confident driver and gets herself to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store.

Those are all important prerequisites for people who want to stay in their homes as they grow older, or “age in place.”

According to an AARP survey , nearly 90% of those over age 65 want to stay in their homes as long as possible. But Sullivan and others like her “need to have a housing plan—and a support system—in place to ensure that they’re living safely and independently,” explains Suzanne Schmitt, vice president for family engagement at Fidelity.

Here are 6 things that aging singles or couples—and their children, other family members, or caregivers—should keep in mind when assessing the living situation. For more detail, read Fidelity’s “Aging well: A planning, conversation, and resource guide.”