Governors Proclaim National Aging in Place Week As Part of Nationwide Awareness Campaign
Washington, DC–The governors of Washington state, New Hampshire and Michigan proclaimed October 13-19 as National Aging in Week to encourage senior households to plan ahead, so they can remain independent in their homes for as long as possible. “Aging in Place Week encourages mature Washingtonians to become proactive in planning for their long-term care and healthcare needs,” proclaimed Washington Governor Christine Gregoire.
To commemorate the week, members of the National Aging in Place Council are inviting seniors and their families to attend social events that highlight home and community-based services, and other private sector programs, that will enable them to age in place. In other locations, professionals from public and private sector firms are planning networking events to learn about each other’s services and to discuss aging issues of importance in their communities.
Aging in Place Week was first celebrated in 2003 in six locations across the country. Last year, more than 100 locations took part. To view a current list of events occurring this year, please visit www.NAIPC.org. (Note: More events will be listed leading up to the week.)
“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.”