Aging, Visitability, and Santa

“Visitability”

The aging in place movement embraces a concept known as “visitability” which is defined by 3 basic features:

1. One zero-step entrance, at the front, side, or back of the home

2. All main floor doors (bathrooms too) have at least 32 inches of clear passage space

3. A half bath, preferably a full bath, on the main floor

These elements will make your house a “visitability” home, allowing wheelchair or other mobility challenges to be accommodated.

Aging in Place: Peer-to-Peer

The Benefits of Senior-to-Senior Peers
1.Credibility: A 75 year old is more likely to listen to another 75 year old about advice (aging as shared experience)
2.If I Can do it so Can You: Self-efficacy is key in gerontology, just knowing someone not unlike yourself was successful can increase your confidence to take on the task of aging in place
3.On Going Support: Seniors have time to help other seniors = Purpose
4.A Source of Environmental Press: Peer-to-Peer mentoring will keep aging brains engaged
5.Cohort Effect: Seniors have served in wars, raised children, retired, lost friends, nurtured grandchildren, fought through health issues, etc…They share the same life experiences as a group = Trust
6.Senior Peers insights: Seniors know what it’s like to be old and the challenges of living at home, obstacles easily identified on home assessments
7.Sensitivity to Aesthetics: Seniors know what’s important in making a house a home for the older adults
8.Access: Seniors have access to other seniors in church, senior centers, the gym, community centers
9.Tie to Existing Programs serving Seniors: For example, Meals-on-Wheels would be a perfect Trojan Horse to an aging-in-place home assessment
10.Recruitment: Seniors could recruit other seniors to be Peer-to-Peer Aging in Place consultants