Aging and Residential Frequently Asked Questions

What is “aging in place?”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

Who are the “baby boomers?”

Baby boomers are the demographic group of people born in the years following World War II, when there was a temporary marked increase in the birth rate (approximately between 1946 and 1964). Baby boomers are now entering the age of retirement.

What is the Older Americans Act (OAA)?

The OAA is a federal program that funds health and social services to help people age 60 and older maintain maximum independence in their homes and communities and to promote a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly.

What are Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs)?

AAAs are local agencies that plan, develop, and coordinate home- and community-based services.

What are community-based services?

Community-based services include senior centers and adult day services, that offer healthcare and long-term support during the 9-to-5 work week.

What are active adult communities?

Active adult communities are residential areas occupied by older and retired adults that cater to their needs and offer things such as amenities, recreation, and leisure activities.

What is assisted living?

Assisted living settings and facilities are housing for elderly or disabled people that provides nursing care, housekeeping, and prepared meals as needed.

What are continuing care retirement communities?

Continuing care retirement communities are communities with accommodations for independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care, where residents move between levels of care as needed.

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