Benefits of Aging in Place

November 27, 2023

Nearly 93% of older adults want to age in place, based on a study by the U.S. News & World Report. Defined as the ability to live in your own home safely, independently, and comfortably; people often want to stay in their current residence because it’s where they feel most at ease.

Here are some of the benefits to aging in place.

Maintaining Independence

At home, aging adults have the flexibility to maintain their own schedules. They can decide when and what they’ll eat, where to go, and how their surroundings are decorated. This helps create a sense of empowerment and autonomy that most people want to hold onto as they age.

Improved Well-being

Homes represent much more than a shelter over our heads. They can embody feelings of stability, safety, control, and sanctuary. When people age in a home they love, they may also experience some direct health benefits. In older adults, one study found a link between having a positive sense of home or neighborhood and an improved physical and psychological state.

Continued Social Connections

Daily contact with neighbors can reduce feelings of social isolation and make people feel more attached to their neighborhood. Many aging adults have lived in the same home for years and built relationships with the people living around them. It’s much easier to maintain those connections when you’re in close proximity. Neighbors can also lend a helping hand when it’s needed, which deepens the sense of community and belonging.

Who Should Consider Aging in Place

While aging in place may create a sense of independence for many older adults, it may not be right for everyone. Talk to your or your loved one’s physician to weigh the risks vs. benefits.

Some signs that aging in place may be a consideration include:

Support for Aging in Place

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a health plan and provider of coordinated, personalized healthcare and social engagement for older adults. You may be eligible for PACE if you are over 55, live in our service area in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and qualify for nursing home-level care but can live safely at home or in the community with Florida PACE Centers support.

For 20 years, Miami Jewish Health has been providing PACE services to eligible individuals through Florida PACE Centers. Our dedicated team of professionals collaborate with you and your family members, learn about your living situation, and discuss your health and life goals so we can design a care plan to help you meet them.

Some of PACE’s support services include:

  • Health (primary and specialty), dental, and vision care
  • Physical, speech, and occupational therapy
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, lab work, and medical equipment
  • Transportation
  • Meals, nutrition counseling, and social services
  • Home care, light housekeeping
  • Adult Day Care – social engagement and activities

As an alternative to living in a nursing home, PACE helps you lead the life you want from the comfort of your own home, as long as it’s safe to do so.

To learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, or the enrollment process, visit the Florida PACE Centers website or call 786.933.7223 (TTY 800.955.8771).


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