Aging In Place

A lot of our friends have started to think about their next move. Our kids, for the most part, have grown up and moved out of our homes.  Many of us are left in houses that feel empty….


with yards that feel way too big.


So with that in mind my husband and I have started a preliminary search to see what is out there, how much it costs and what do you get for the money.  On a whim we went into a new senior neighborhood to check out the maintenance free patio homes.  As a physical therapist I was curious about the trends in these types of communities.


My daughter was with us and after we viewed this beautiful home with many wonderful safety features, she said,  “Why don’t they incorporate some of these same features into regular new construction houses?”

  • Floor lighting that stays on all night
  • Double railings on all stairs
  • Walk-in showers with no threshold lip to step over
  • Wider doorways and doors (about $8.00 extra per door vs about $1,000 to retro-fit)

The truth is that they already do.  It is called Universal Design.


Overwhelmingly, Baby Boomers say that they want to remain in their homes as long as possible.  They are engaged with families, friends and their communities where they may have lived for decades.  Whether you are looking to downsize or stay in your current home and adapt as you get older, keep in mind the idea of universal design.  Adapting your home doesn’t have to look institutional or medical.  It can be useful and beautiful for all ages.

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4 Responses to Aging In Place

  1. I agree with your daughter. I wish builders would build smaller homes designed in such a way that we can ‘age in place’. Unfortunately, they keep building monster homes that are far too big and expensive to stay in once the kids are gone. And the cost of retrofitting a house to be more ‘senior friendly’ is prohibitive. In the current market (at least around here, in southern Ontario) ‘downsizing’ is tough, too – a smaller house costs almost as much as a larger one and high taxes and upkeep costs mean many people simply can’t afford to stay in the homes they’ve been in for years (even if the mortgage is paid off). I think the problem’s only going to get worse.

    • seniledenial says:

      What you are describing is very similar to what we are finding as we begin to look at the options. Hopefully this will be the next thing that Baby Boomers can change as we push to be able to live in our homes as long as possible. Thanks for the comment!

  2. benzeknees says:

    Having worked in a nursing home in my youth, aging in place is definitely the preferred option!

    • seniledenial says:

      Thanks so much for the comment. I too have worked in a number of nursing homes, some better than others. All in all, I think it is an option we would like to avoid if possible.

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