How to Age in Place: Planning for a Happy, Independent, and Financially Secure Retirement

How to Age in Place: Planning for a Happy, Independent, and Financially Secure Retirement

by Mary A. Languirand, Robert F. Bornstein
     
 

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The first authoritative and comprehensive guide to "aging in place"--a burgeoning movement for those who don't want to rely on assisted living or nursing home care--which allows seniors to spend their later years living comfortably, independently, and in their own home or community.

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The first authoritative and comprehensive guide to "aging in place"--a burgeoning movement for those who don't want to rely on assisted living or nursing home care--which allows seniors to spend their later years living comfortably, independently, and in their own home or community.

Do you want to retire happily in a home you love?

For millions of Americans, living in a nursing home or assisted living facility is not how they’d prefer to spend their retirement years. This is why more and more people are choosing to “age in place”—a burgeoning national movement that enables older adults to live independently and comfortably in a place of their own choosing.
 
Aging in place takes some planning and foresight—which is why clinical psychologists  and aging specialists Mary Languirand and Robert Bornstein have created this indispensable guidebook to take you through every step of the process. Useful, actionable advice on financial planning enables you to set aside the resources you need, while a detailed explanation of Universal Home Design will help you hire the right contractors and modify your home to make it safe and livable for the long-term. With concrete guidance for obtaining necessary social services, transportation assistance, health care, and even home maintenance help, How to Age in Place teaches you to anticipate problems before they arise and plan accordingly.
 
Whether you’re interested in a new post-retirement career, keeping your brain nimble, discovering (or rediscovering) your life’s purpose, or strengthening your social network, How to Age in Place will help you live the good life into your 80s and beyond. It’s never too late—or too early—to begin putting your plan in place.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Psychologists Languirand and Bornstein (When Someone You Love Needs a Nursing Home, Assisted Living or In-Home Care) penned this guide after concluding that there was “no comprehensive, user-friendly book” that addressed postretirement living, which may mean remaining in one’s own home or moving to a new residence where one can live (and age) as independently as possible. In easy-to-navigate chapters, the authors cover topics including finances (IRAs, annuities); services (health care and accessible shopping); and housing options (including how to “retrofit” for future needs). While part one (“Making It Work”) focuses on the nuts and bolts of setting a stage for secure retirement, part two (“Making It Count”) presents options for retirees, such as taking a course, volunteering, or even writing a book. Although the book’s tone is cheerful, readers should be prepared for frank discussions about dementia, hospice, assisted living, and “the D word.” Older readers will find a wealth of practical suggestions from the authors—a couple who, nearing retirement age themselves, amicably confess to having given up spicy wings and to taking a “tumble” while out conducting their own neighborhood “walkability” test. Agent: Joelle Delbourgo, Joelle Delbourgo Associates. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“This should be required reading for anyone over fifty. Much more than just a guide  to aging in place, this book provides a comprehensive roadmap for boomers eager to enjoy the best retirement possible. Written in an engaging and upbeat style, this is an incredibly informative, useful, and valuable read.”
—Nancy Collamer, author of Second-Act Careers and creator of MyLifestyleCareer.com

“This excellent book doesn’t tell you to stubbornly stay wherever you happen to live now. Rather, it helps you see decades into the future, so you can decide where to live, why it’s best for you, and how to make it happen. Highly recommended!”
—John E. Nelson, author of What Color is Your Parachute? for Retirement

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607744160
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
443,484
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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What Is “Aging in Place”?
 
Aging in Place is a national movement aimed at enabling older adults to remain in their own homes by making available the social support, health care, and home maintenance services that people need to live safe, happy, productive lives in the community. Aging in place may mean continuing to live where you have lived for many years, or moving to a new residence (or new locale) that maximizes your ability to live independently.
 
Aging in place involves confronting some practical issues. If left undone, these issues can interfere with independent living:

• Financial planning
• Safe housing
• Neighborhood safety and “walkability”
• Accessibility of services (a pharmacy, for example, or nearby grocery store)
• Proactive medical and mental health care
• Opportunities for community, cultural, and civic engagement
• Sustainability to ensure long-term cost effectiveness
 
Beyond the practical issues, aging in place represents a philosophical shift—a social movement—which includes:
 
• Developing a new vision of healthy aging—a new attitude regarding needs of people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, and the myriad ways in which older adults can contribute to society
 
• Creating innovative, efficient models of eldercare services that make aging in place economically viable for the individual and society
 
As you can see, aging in place requires some planning. But arranging those services that will enable you to live independently, safely, and comfortably, and stay active and engaged throughout your retirement, will help make aging in place the “new normal.”

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