The Seniors Are Coming: 10 Things States Are Doing to Make Senior-Friendly Communities

From US News Money:

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the aging-in-place  movement is a natural. For years, consumer surveys have reported that  most people want to live right where they already are as they get older.  Sure, millions may move to locales that, figuratively and literally,  provide sunnier climes. But 10 times as many prefer to stay put.

[See 10 Top Cities for Senior Living.]

In  recent years, they’ve had little choice. Home values are still some $7  trillion below their peak. As many as 20 percent of homeowners have  outstanding mortgage balances that exceed the current market value of  their homes. U.S. Census figures show interstate migration has just  about ground to a halt.

Why accept a depressing  reality when it can be turned into a positive marketing and lifestyle  mantra? So it is with aging in place. Seniors are told that they can  save money by staying in their homes, while also retaining priceless  relationships with nearby family and friends. They can age in familiar  surroundings, and thus may be able to avoid moving to a nursing home or  assisted living facility. If finances are challenging, there is always a  reverse mortgage that can provide needed funds and permit seniors to  stay in their homes.

Find out what states are doing to make this a reality:


About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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