The aging population is growing daily and a movement known as “Aging in Place” is addressing concerns to this end.
According to information on http://quickfacts.cesus.gov, between 2000 and 2010 the number of people 65 and older in the U.S. increased from 35 million to 40 million. In 2009, 80 percent of some 23 million households headed by people 65 and older were owner-occupied.
A workshop Wednesday at Chico State University featured five speakers who shared their expertise on the subject “Housing and Home Modification Needs of Older Adults.”
The thinking is that people are happier and save money if they can stay in their homes, rather than move to assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
The Aging in Place philosophy affects how homes are built and policies regarding housing and accessibility.