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Is Your Home Fit for Aging in Place?

Most Americans want to stay in their homes as they age, but most of us know very little about the home design and environment modifications needed to help us do this successfully. Fortunately, there are many good resources available to assist older adults and their family members in assuring their home will be a good fit for them as they age. One resource is the new NDSU Extension bulletin, Livable Homes. It provides information on universal design, home modification, home safety tips, and more. http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/famsci/fs1683.pdf

Another good source in the Senior Care Corner website which has posted an informative blog on aging in place home design, along with additional resources on topics, such as technology and home maintenance:  http://seniorcarecorner.com/seniors-home-fit-aging-in-place

Recently, my co-worker shared a website with me called Home for Life 2013 that offered a virtual tour of a home along with a wealth of information under the learning tab.  It was fun to walk through each room of the house to see the specific features suggested to improve the home for accessibility, comfort, and safety.  You will have to register before you take the tour.  Check it out by clicking on the following link:  http://homeforlife2013.com/?page_id=2

The AARP website, www.aarp.org, provides information on home design and home updates at www.aarp.org/homedesign.  Information on no-cost/low-cost home improvements that can result in a more comfortable, safer, and easy to live in home can be found at www.aarp.org/homeupdates.  There really are many steps a homeowner can take to improve their home without spending much money or time.

For additional information, including checklists for evaluating your home for aging in place and safety, contact me at jane.strommen@ndsu.edu.

 

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