Healthy Aging Begins at Home

June 14, 2016 - Serving Seniors

seniors agree-aging in place june 2016A recent report from the Bipartisan Policy Center found that a greater integration of America’s healthcare and housing systems will be absolutely essential to help manage chronic disease, improve health outcomes for seniors, and enable millions of Americans to age successful in their own homes and communities.

However, the wellbeing and safety of older adults is jeopardized by an inadequate supply of affordable housing and lack of structural features and support services that make “aging in place” difficult.  In addition, about 70 percent of adults over the age of 65 will eventually require help with bathing, food preparation, dressing, and medication management.  These long-term services and supports are not covered by Medicare.

Here are a few recommendations from the study that highlight an investment in the health and well-being of older adults:

  • Preventing and ending homelessness among older adults should become a major national priority.
  • Congress and the administration should identify ways to more effectively support the service coordination needs of senior housing providers, particularly mission-oriented nonprofits.
  • Hospitals should incorporate questions about housing as part of their discharge planning to prevent readmissions.

For additional recommendations or to download a copy of the study, visit http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/recommendations-for-healthy-aging/.

2 responses to “Healthy Aging Begins at Home”

  1. Marcia says:

    Whoever thought of this — BLESS YOU!

  2. Rachel says:

    Affordable housing so that seniors should not have to become homeless is such a smart idea. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a senior and not have a place to stay. Thanks for sharing this.

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