Older Americans Month 2022

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:

Library Resources