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Articles, Publications and Resources re: Aging in Place
and Staying Independent at Home


  • Boomers Checking in on Mom and Dad — Discreetly (The Oakland Press – 1/8/09)
    How do you tell your elderly mom that you're worried about her living alone? Where do your folks want to live when they can no longer live alone at home?
  • Caring for Aging Parents From a Distance: A Growing Problem (L.A. Times – 11/6/08)
    As medical advances keep the elderly alive longer, more adult children must take on the task of keeping them safe and independent. A new industry of caregivers is emerging to help them.
  • CMS Rolls Out Independence at Home Demonstration Program: Everything Old Is New Again (Health Law Broadcast – 1/5/12)
    On December 21, 2011, CMS issued a notice soliciting applications for the Independence at Home ("IAH") Demonstration, a program established under Section 3024 of the Affordable Care Act to provide a complete range of home-based primary care services to chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries for a three-year period.
  • Communities Not Keeping Pace with Graying Home Owners (Reuters Money – 6/6/11)
    Contrary to stereotypes of seniors moving to golf communities or other types of senior living communities, most older Americans aspire to age in place. That means staying in the homes they already own, or downsizing to housing near friends and family.
  • Helping Your Parents Stay Out of The Nursing Home (LA Times – 2/6/12)
    Your parents say they couldn't bear to lose their independence. Their hearts are set on staying in their own home for the rest of their days. And you understand. It's what you'd like for them too. But they're not as young as they used to be. Not as strong and on top of things. And you can't help wondering if their plan is really wise, or even feasible. So you worry.
  • Technology Can Help Seniors Stay in Homes (Aging and Disability in America – 8/26/10)
    NPR continued its series on seniors aging at home. Part two examined a company called Adaptive Home, "one of a growing number of startups that use monitoring technology to revolutionize elder care. These companies are also betting on a big market as the baby boomers enter old age. Chris Bridgers says a basic package includes about a dozen motion sensors placed strategically around a house. They can provide adult children with a stunningly detailed rundown of a parent's day."
  • Top 10 Things to Discuss With Your Parents (Caring Right at Home – May 1, 2008)
    As you were growing up, your parents probably sat you down plenty of times for “a talk.” Is it time to reverse the process?


  • 10 Things You Should Know About Aging With Dignity and Independence (The SCAN Foundation – Summer 2011)
    Aging with dignity and independence is the ability to live life to its fullest in the place you call home, regardless of age, illness, or disability.  Here are 10 things everyone should know, along with five steps you can take to be ready should the time come that you or someone you love requires supportive services.
  • Community and In-Home Models
    PACE and state-based payment for in-home supportive services.
  • Leaving Home Care: Decision Making, Risk Scenarios & Services (Univ. of Mass. Boston – 12-1-11)
    Home and community-based services (HCBS) enable older and disabled adults to age-in-place in their homes and communities by helping them function independently for as long as possible. Medicaid is a major source of funding for long-term care. Currently, a large proportion of Medicaid funds in most states has been spent on institutional care, and older adults and their families have relied on nursing homes to be the provider of long-term care. The purpose of this research is to provide additional insights to policy decision makers on the need to rebalance long-term care spending in Massachusetts by further exploring the reasons elder clients are terminated from home- and community-based care.

Resources & Services:

  • Administration on Aging (AOA)
    Government site provides a system of home and community-based services in order to help elderly individuals stay healthy and independent and citizens in their communities.
  • Aging in Place Technology Watch
    A market research firm that provides thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice.
  • Christmas In Action
    Providing hope and action to the low-income elderly and disabled with repairs to homes in communities all across the country.
  • National Assn. of Home Builders – Lists professional certified aging-in-place specialists who can assist in creating an environment that will enable loved ones to remain in their homes safely and independently.