The number of senior living options are multiplying as the years go by, reports the New York Times, as new models of care are created in response to demand for alternatives to traditional ones.
“As millions of baby boomers reach retirement age (and in many cases care for elderly parents), families and the retirement industry have reworked old lifestyle formats and created hybrids,” says the article.
In addition to traditional retirement communities, the aging population can also choose from family-style group homes, “villages” that connect individual households with neighborly assistance, or aging in place-specific home remodeling.
“We used to think that a person lived in their own home, and if they got frail they moved in with a relative or to a nursing home,” Jon Pynoos, a professor of gerontology, policy and planning at the University of Southern California, told the New York Times. “People need more choices.”
Most people prefer to age in place, according to an AARP survey where almost 90% of people said they preferred remaining in their current residents as they got older.
While home remodeling is not always realistic and can be costly, the article points out, there are a growing number of ways seniors can live at home, whether it’s with the help of a home health aide, through the use of programs such as Meals on Wheels, or with remote monitoring devices.
Read the full article at the New York Times.
Written by Alyssa Gerace