Happy Older Americans Month! The theme for 2022 is Age My Way, opens a new window:
"...focusing on aging in place - how older adults can plan to stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible." From https://acl.gov/oam/2022/older-americans-month-2022, opens a new window
Roughly 80% of people over the age of 45 would prefer to live in their homes as long as possible, according to an AARP survey, opens a new window. In order to do that, it can be important to consider the accessibility of your home, to learn what resources are available if you have a fixed income, and to find out where to learn about other assistance when you need it. Here is information to get you started.
Home Accessibility Planning
The Colorado Senior Law Handbook, opens a new window is a great guide to start your aging in place planning. Chapter 31 is all about the different considerations, and it has several pages of information and resources.
You can also look at the Centennial Lifelong Homes resource, opens a new window and do different exercises related to determining what you need in your community, your home's accessibility for guests and several other facets to consider.
If you don't live in Centennial, you may find the AARP HomeFit Guide and Worksheets, opens a new window more useful in assessing your home. In the end, you'll have a better idea what changes you might want to make so that your home will work well for you as long as possible.
Companies like the nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment, opens a new window are available to make home modifications for older adults who are living on a fixed or low income.
Local Financial Assistance
Sometimes the inability to do certain chores around the house or afford property taxes are the main barriers to aging in place. Here are some resources available in Arapahoe County that you may not know about:
- Homemaker and Chore Services Program, opens a new window: Get help with your yard work or some indoor housekeeping for free biweekly depending on your income. Call 303-738-8080 to see if you qualify.
- Home Weatherization, opens a new window: You may be eligible to receive free weatherization services that can help lower your utility bills.
- Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, opens a new window: Get help paying your utilities in the winter if you live on a low income.
- Property Tax Exemption, opens a new window: Coloradan homeowners over the age of 65 are able to apply for property tax exemption each year if you have owned your house for at least ten years.
- Senior Check In, opens a new window: Do you just want someone to call and chat with once a week? This program has fostered some close connections between community members.
- Arapahoe Libraries Community Resources: This list features a broader range of resources in the community that could help you.
- Ask A Librarian: Find out more about any of the resources in this blog or ask us your other questions about aging in place!
- Check out our other Active Aging content for more resources or entertainment.