Hell, no, you won’t go—to assisted living or a nursing home, that is. A recent study by AARP found that nine out of 10 older Americans preferred to live in their homes as long as possible. The aging-in-place movement seeks to let seniors do just that, avoiding for as long as possible—or forever—heading to a retirement community or skilled nursing facility. But staying put is something you’ll need to plan for, and doing so sooner rather than later ensures you’re prepared whether or not you remain spry until 103.
There’s a lot to do. You can remodel or retrofit your home to suit senior-specific issues like mobility or impaired eyesight (think improved lighting, wide doorways to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs). For day-to-day needs, from laundry to transportation, you can receive assistance from a so-called “elder village,” an affordable social/medical network that links seniors with volunteers. You can also take advantage of government-sponsored transit solutions like discounted bus or train passes. And there are a range of other things that’ll help you remain Chez You without endangering your physical or mental well-being: building up social networks and connections and taking advantage of techy tools like food-delivery apps and ride-share services. Here’s our guide on what to do and how to get help doing it.