Elder Orphans vs. Aging in Place

 Posted by Ken France on September 8, 2016 at 10:50 PM

Elder Orphans - defined roughly as people who are aging without a family support system, such as a spouse and/or adult children they may be able to rely upon - are not as likely to "age in place" as others. Research is showing that many of our elders wish to age at home - also called "aging in place", willing to make home and lifestyle modifications to accommodate their needs instead of moving. While this isn't possible - or even desirable for all - it is something to take note of, as all of us wish for our senior years to be rewarding. For our elder orphans, this is often impossible. In fact, elder orphans have unique fears as they age, including being dependent on strangers and becoming homeless. An interesting article by Carol Marak explains more:

http://www.nextavenue.org/elder-orphans-harder-aging-place/