Governors Proclaim Aging in Place Week as Part of National Awareness Campaign
Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan have proclaimed National Aging in Week in their respective states. To coincide with events organized in their states, Governor O’Malley proclaimed October 1-7 as National Aging in Place Week and Governor Granholm October 8-14. These proclamations give new focus to the importance of planning early to remain in one’s home as long as possible””to age in place. “The possibilities, promise and value of Aging in Place need to be discussed and understood by our citizens,” said Governor Granholm.
The need to begin the conversation about aging in place is clear. “An overwhelming majority of older American wants to remain in their homes for as long as possible, but lack awareness of programs and services that make independent living possible,” states the Maryland proclamation.
“Survey after survey tell us most older Americans want to remain in their homes throughout retirement. But far too many leave it up to chance,” said Peter Bell, Executive Director of the National Aging in Place Council. “Unexpected events, like a fall at home, can compromise one’s ability to live independently. Creating a plan to age in place can prevent accidents from becoming crises.” NAIPC’s web site, NAIPC.org, contains helpful information on making your home more accessible and safe through home modifications, and discusses options, such as in-home care and transportation services, that you can access to remain healthy and active. Professional home accessibility consultants, geriatric care managers, occupational therapists, financial planners, and lifestyle transition consultants are just some of the professional resources available to develop your plan.
Since 2003, senior service professionals organized National Aging in Place Week to bring families together to discuss livability issues with parents and older relatives and provide them with the resources they need to make informed decisions that will enable them to age in place. In 2007, over 100 events will be hosted in conjunction with National Aging in Place Week, a majority to be hosted between October 1 – 7.