“Aging in place” is growing older
without having to move.
According to the Journal of Housing for
the Elderly, it is not having to move from
one’s present residence in order to secure
necessary support services in response to changing need.
We are using the term “aging in place” in reference to living where you have lived for many years, or to living in a non-healthcare environment, and using products, services and conveniences to enable you to not have to move as circumstances change. More recently “Aging in place” is a term used in marketing by those in the rapidly evolving senior housing industry. CCRCs, (Continuing Care Retirement Communities), by definition offer the chance to age in place, but first you must move to their community to “start aging”. Multi-level campuses market “Independent Living”, “Assisted Living” and perhaps Alzheimer’s care and Skilled Nursing in one location, and claim to offer the opportunity to “age in place.” But again you must move there first. In many cases you must also move from one wing of the campus to another to receive the increased services.