Older adults aging at home gracefully and safely with the assistance of Habitat for Humanity of Camden County.
Habitat for Humanity Aging in Place (AIP) model focuses on providing tools that allow older adults to live independently and continue to contribute to the community
What is aging in place?
“Aging in place” is a term used to describe a person safely and comfortably living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able, as they age. This includes access to services or other support a person might need as their needs change.
To be clear: aging in place means elderly persons are supported to safely, comfortably, and independently living in their home and communities with dignity.
Why is Aging in Place Important?
The majority of senior citizens aged 65 and older are either living with a spouse or alone in their own homes. Currently, many of these elderly people struggle with everyday tasks and to maintain their health. For many, quality of life deteriorates as they get older.
As of 2000, there were approximately 35 million Americans over the age of 65. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 there will approximately be 71.5 million Americans over the age of 65. That number is more than twice what it was in 2000 and represents nearly 20% of the entire projected U.S. population in 2030.