Aging Matters | Aging in Place
The fifth installment in Nashville Public Television’s NPT Reports: Aging Matters series examines what it takes for Tennesseans to successfully age in place.
It’s what most of us say we want, to age in our own home until the end of our lives. But aging in place is no guarantee of a high quality of life. And as we age, our needs may change. Will we be able to climb the stairs, reach those upper cabinets, and manage the upkeep any home requires?
In the documentary you will hear from Americans facing decisions now. What are the common challenges, are there examples of people making it work?
When the time comes, what do we really want? What are our options? Have we prepared enough to make it work?
On this edition of Aging Matters, we will look at the realities of aging in place and learn what it takes to make our ideals match the reality.
Aging In Place: Panel Discussion
According to AARP, 87 percent of Americans say they want to stay in their home as they age.
Source: Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices. AARP, 2011 [link]
Today across the US, unpaid caregivers, typically family members, provide around 80% of the long term service s and supports elders receive.There comes a point where a balance must be found-between honoring the wishes of a loved one and providing the level of care needed.
Source: Who Will Provide Your Care? U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, LongTermCare.gov [link]