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"Aging in Place" - Never Liked the Term

Uploaded: Mar 24, 2016
As we get older (and trade years for wisdom), the senior marketplace likes to employ the term "Aging in Place" for people who wish to stay in their home as they get older. My feeling is bananas age in place, people don't. Better to call it "Remaining independent in your own (or a smaller) home." More on this to follow...
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Posted by Hermia, a resident of Triple El,
on Mar 29, 2016 at 10:49 am

Yes, by making a special term for it, they make it exceptional.
You could also call it "belonging where you are" or "refusing to be displaced."
But the most accurate thing would be not to call it anything special,
since it's just being alive where you already belong,
or
living where you live.


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Posted by Max Greenberg, a resident of Midtown,
on Mar 31, 2016 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for your comment Hermia but how are we supposed to know where we belong? An understanding of all the options out there based on our personal life conditions (health, finances, physical challenges our formerly perfect home might now present us with, social isolation due to location etc etc) is nothing to be feared. Burying our heads in the sand when a change could be a benefit (and perhaps a life saver or life-extender) might not be the best course to take. My own dad, for instance, had a moderate stroke at 75. He'd been living alone in his home of 40 years, a 3 bdrm/2bath ranch house on the 13th floor (as he liked to call it) in NYC. He returned from a rehab center and proceeded to slowly whither away, feeling depressed (very common after a life-changing stroke), with little interaction with his neighbors (and there were many in the 18 story building he lived in.) They were nice enough but all busy with their own lives, health, grandkids etc. I ended up moving him up to Boston to live with my sister and her daughter. My sister was fine but her teen-age daughter and grandpa butted heads. So back I flew to Boston after my sister said she was going to "put dad into a home." Perish the thought. Not my dad in "a home." Thus began my discovery of the wide world of retirement living. We found him a wonderful assisted living community where he could have a caregiver when ever he needed one (and girlfriend as well.) It all turned out very well. And a new career was launched as my dad said to me in his gravelly voice "You did a good job with me: down-sizing me, selling the apartment, finding me a new place to live. You should get into the business." I have followed his advice and think of him often (he passed away in 2006.)


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