What is Aging in Place?

Aging in place is a term used to describe a person living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able, as they age.

This includes being able to have any services, assistance, or other support that they might need over time and as their needs change.

As we get older, our bodies age and our health status changes. Aging in place initiatives help older people navigate these changes while preserving their quality of life and, most importantly, living at home – or in the place of their choosing. Supports for people who are aging in place are designed to help with activities of daily living, such as getting around home easily, accessing transportation, maintaining health, performing home maintenance and upkeep, and other needs.

Aging in place is highly beneficial to older adults – it increases feelings of independence, contentment, comfort, safety, and security, and often helps to ensure that older adults remain in close proximity to family, friends, and loved ones.  Indeed, most older adults will seek to age in place for as long as is feasible. After all, there’s no place like home. That’s why initiatives that support aging in place focus on helping older adults maintain and improve their quality of life.

Many of the programs offered by Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) emphasize aging in place. AAAs are local government agencies that provide services and assistance to older adults and caregivers and they’re located across the state of Utah. One of the foremost goals of these agencies is to develop and sustain programming that supports the ongoing independence and autonomy of older people. AAAs typically offer in-home supportive services, nutritional programs such as Meals on Wheels, volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, and Senior Centers where older people can stay active and social. Connect with your local Area Agency on Aging to learn about what services are available to help you remain independent and living at home as you grow older. For more information visit: https://slco.org/aging

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Afton January, Communications Manager at Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services. Contact Aging & Adult Services: (385) 461