Can You Speak Aging in Place?

aging in place

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein


Aging in Place

Part of the challenge related to pre-planning for aging-in-place is not having a working knowledge of the concept (being literate). As with other aspects of life, understanding the language opens doors to new possibilities. Can you speak the language of remaining home by choice? If not, you can learn it.

With that in mind, here are a few general aging-in-place concepts worth knowing (and a good place to start).

Aging in Place Literacy

Universal Design Understanding: Knowledge of designing spaces and products with accessibility in mind for people of all ages and abilities.

Home Modification Awareness: Understanding the importance of adapting the home environment to suit the evolving needs of aging individuals.

Accessible Features Recognition: Identifying and implementing features like ramps, grab bars, and wider doorways to enhance home accessibility for seniors.

Aging in Place Technology Familiarity: Awareness and proficiency in using technology solutions that support independent living for seniors, such as medical alert systems and smart home devices.

Retrofitting Expertise: Skills in making adjustments to existing homes to improve safety and accessibility for aging residents.

Barrier-Free Living Knowledge: Understanding the principles of creating environments that facilitate independence and mobility for seniors with disabilities.

Livable Communities Understanding: Awareness of the characteristics of communities that promote healthy, safe, and engaging living environments for seniors.

Inter-Dependent Living Awareness: Knowledge of housing options and services available to support seniors in maintaining their inter-dependence while aging.

Home Care Services Awareness: Understanding the types of assistance and support services available to seniors in their own homes.

Aging in Place Certification Pursuit: Recognition of the importance of specialized training and certification for professionals working to help seniors age in place comfortably and securely.


Knowing the language of remaining home by choice allows home owners to understand what to ask for and how to communicate with aging-in-place professionals. Knowledge is not power unless it is Applied; knowing is not sufficient to succeed at aging in place.

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