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AARP Survey Finds 90% of People 65+ Want to Stay in Their Homes

Policies for affordable housing, transportation, and land use (which can help older adults live closer to or within walking distance of the services they need) are the three major components AARP lists as ways states can enable aging in place.

There are a number of models policymakers are considering that provide services and support to older residents who wish to remain in their homes instead of moving to assisted living or retirement centers, says AARP. One such model is a Naturally Occurring Retirement Center, housing complexes or neighborhoods “that were not planned specifically for older people, but have organically evolved to house a large population of older Americans.”

This model can be seen in at least six states, including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Missouri, to “better provide services and promote the ability to age in place.”

A way for states to encourage aging in place is through issuing the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s low-income housing tax credits to develop housing near transit and in a livable community setting.