Staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place.” With the right help, you might be able to do just that. These three tips can help you age in place:
- Reach out to people you know. Family, friends, and neighbors are the biggest source of help for many older people. Talk with those close to you about the best way to get what you need. If you are physically able, think about trading services with a friend or neighbor. For example, one could do the grocery shopping, and the other could cook dinner.
- Talk to geriatric care managers. These specially trained professionals can help find resources to make your daily life easier. They will work with you to form a long-term care plan and find the services you need. Geriatric care managers can be especially helpful when family members live far apart.
- Learn about community and local government resources. Health care providers and social workers may have suggestions for services in your community. The local Area Agency on Aging, local and state offices on aging or social services, and your tribal organization may have lists of services. If you belong to a religious group, talk with the clergy, or check with its local office about any services they offer for older adults.
Visit NIA’s website for more information on how you can plan ahead to age in place.