Age in Place: When it Doesn’t Work

A man and woman laying in bed smiling for the camera.

Let’s embrace challenges; without them, there will be no innovations.
“•Emmanuel Apetsi


Aging in Place

Howard Gleckman once wrote a thought-provoking piece on the challenges of aging in place. His premise was that factors having to do with social issues, more so than medical concerns, are often the barriers to aging in place:

~ Lack of qualified caregivers

~ Lack of services such as basic transportation

~ Lack of housing or funds for repairs

~ Lack of social networks and isolation

His solutions include 1) more flexible Medicaid programs (they pay for NH, but limited benefits for home care) and 2) emphasis on long-term care insurancewhich will provide financial resources to care for loved ones.

Gleckman concludes that we can’t keep everyone home (i.e. those with severe dementia), but postponing institutionalization of the elderly, by even months or years, is a goal worthy of our bestefforts.

I agreekeeping the dream of aging in place aliveis not easy,and neither is telling a loved one they must leave their home…As a society, We need to do better.

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