AARP Housing America's Older Adults Guide

AARP Housing America's Older Adults Guide

Housing America's Older Adults: The Importance of Aging in Place

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” If needed, those aging in place may receive care or assistance by paid or unpaid (often family)

caregivers. The CDC’s focus on aging in place as an ability hints at the dynamic nature of this process. As the gerontology literature recognizes, older residents renegotiate how—and indeed if—they can continue to stay in their homes as their preferences and circumstances (health, finances, relationships, and family and social supports) shift over time (Andrews et al. 2007).

Citation: Andrews, Gavin J., Malcolm Cutchin, Kevin McCracken, David R. Phillips, and Janine Wiles. 2007. “Geographical Gerontology: The Constitution of a Discipline.” Social Science & Medicine 65, no. 1: 151–168.