Where do retirees want to live?
According to a recent study conducted by Retirement Living, 83% of over 2300 respondents polled (aged 50 to over 81) say they plan to grow older at home and that moving into an assisted living facility is a last resort.
Most people want to stay in their homes and communities as they age because of the familiarity and proximity to the places they frequent, such as grocery stores and doctor's offices. They also want to be near families and friends and near their churches or other social organizations.
What modifications do retirees plan to make to stay in their homes?
To meet the challenges of aging in place, respondents say they are willing to make modifications to their homes. Nearly 75 percent prioritize the bathroom and plan on making small modifications, such as adding grab bars and non-slip mats, as well as making larger changes such as installing a walk-in bathtub.
Exterior modifications and bedroom modifications placed second on the list of priorities with 30 percent saying they plan to implement changes such as ramp access, interior and exterior lighting improvements, and adjustable beds.
The kitchen was the last priority for respondents of this study, but they cited modifications such as easy-to-reach storage and lowered countertops.
Will retirees use technology to help them age in place?
Ten years ago, people weren't sure if they would use technology, and their answers leaned towards not being likely to use it. This recent study, however, shows that most retirees are now either likely to use technology, or they aren't sure. The technologies asked about were medical alert systems, grocery/food delivery services, ride-share apps, activity monitoring systems, online pharmacies, and stairlifts.
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