Also on the federal front, and with an eye to the record-high number of Americans approaching retirement age, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has put forth the Older Americans Act, which would offer a range of services to seniors, including improving nutrition, providing in-home care and offering senior-friendly transportation options, to help them “age in place.” Other initiatives of the bill include empowering seniors through proficiency in technology and financial literacy.
“When seniors stay in their homes and maintain their independence, they live longer, healthier, happier lives and taxpayers save millions,” said Ms. Gillibrand, a member of the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.
She noted 10,000 Baby Boomers nationally turn 65 every day and some 1.2 million New Yorkers will reach age 60 within five years. On Staten Island, there are currently 86,714 senior citizens; an estimated 31,253 Islanders will turn 60-plus by 2017. Source
Aging in Place
Where do you want to age?
It seems like an odd question—after all we age wherever we are, but more and more people are taking an active role in deciding where (and how) they will age.
I for one am choosing to age in place, in my place—my house of 20 years where I raised my children and where I made my home. In order to make this seemingly simple choice a reality however, it will take foresight and planning.
If you are planning on staying in your home as you age you need to take in to account a few things. Think about your home and whether it will be practical for your future needs.
The 3 most important rooms to consider are… Read more
- The Perks of Growing Older (everydayhealth.com)
- Gillibrand Favored by Most New York Voters, Poll Finds (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Gillibrand supports updating Older Americans Act (troyrecord.com)