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TIP: 55+ Plan to “Thrive in Place (TIP)” NOT ” Age in Place!

by / Tuesday, 10 January 2017 / Published in Aging, Downsizing, Life Changes

When do we officially become “old”? When we retire? turn 55? Well I’m turning 55 this year and I certainly don’t feel “old” (thanks to plenty of hot yoga!)…and neither do my peers. But like many forward thinking friends, I have started to put my aging plan in place – financials, housing, health care…all the big stuff. And since my business – New Leaf Concierge – helps the elderly make the difficult transition to a higher levels of care, I was very interested to see the publication of the 2016 Aging in Place Report written by Marianne Cusato, HomeAdvisor’s Housing expert. The 55+ population does not want to “age in place”, but rather to “Thrive in Place”! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an individual born in 1960 has an average life expectancy of 85.63! So the 55+ crowd has some time to enjoy their homes as they get older. They plan to stay in their homes longer because they are conveniently located, feel independent, are close to family, love their neighborhoods and feel safe in their homes.It also means some re-thinking of home renovations: for kitchen remodels, think sliding drawers, not cabinets, for easier access to pots and pans; also think a side by side opening refrigerators, which are easier to open if you’re recovering from hip or knee surgery. Check out the full report at www.homeadvisor.com/r/2016-aging-in-place-report.

 

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