We talked a lot about aging in place last week. Many people consider this—remaining in your own home as you age—to be the ideal arrangement. But there are down sides, and some people argue aging in place shouldn’t be as revered as it is.
The University of Florida’s Dr. Stephen Golant suggested just that while speaking on a panel about aging and community development, reports the blog Washington Grantmakers Daily. Aging in place can be lonely, he said, and care may be lacking—even from loved ones: “Family members are not born good caregivers, Golant pointed out, just as people aren’t born good lawyers or doctors.” Plus, many seniors have trouble affording their homes, Golant said. He also talked about the negative effects aging in place can have on communities.
Held real estate is not available to younger generations. State and federal real estate tax revenue is lower for seniors. Remodeling businesses don’t typically receive business from seniors and moving companies suffer. And, retirement destinations and communities feel the negative economic impact from senior choosing to age in place.
With all of this in mind, Golant pointed out that aging in place is indeed a viable and healthy option for many people, but certainly not for everybody.
And it’s not like seniors who choose to move all have to go to nursing homes, Golant said. They can move to a smaller residence, move in with family or choose some type of retirement community. You can read the full post here: “Aging in Your Own Home—the Wrong Ideal?”
What do you think of Golant’s assertions? Does aging in place need to be knocked off its pedestal, or at least jostled around a bit?
You may also be interested in this previous OurParents post: “When Aging in Place Isn’t an Option: Easing Nursing-Home Guilt.”
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