The phrase “aging at home” is thrown around frequently. But, what does it actually mean? The Center for Disease Control defines it as “the right to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level”.
A 71-year-old woman whose husband had suffered a minor stroke put it this way, “not only does aging in place allows you to be in your home, but it allowed us to keep our social network.”
She went on to say that they could entertain friends, family and grandchildren, and more importantly they could keep their pets. The emotional effects of a senior leaving their home and community can lead to serious health issues. We will discuss these health issues and the technology available to help them stay home in a later post.