As we know, the number of seniors (aged 65 and over) is growing much faster than the number of non-seniors, and the population is expected to more than double by 2036. (source)
A large majority of seniors are choosing to continue to live in their current home and familiar community for as long as possible even if their health changes. Here are some important considerations to remain in your home without needing services or sacrificing safety:
- Can you afford home modifications to accommodate disabilities?
- ‘Gerontechnology’ – how to better leverage technology to improve the quality of life of your aging loved ones.
- Alternative housing approaches such as house sharing, co-housing and the coordination of housing and support services.
- Support services that many seniors such as meal preparation, transportation, laundry, housekeeping, medication assistance, personal grooming and organization of social and recreational activities.
Policy makers at all levels of government are paying more attention to seniors and to the need for age-friendly housing policies and community planning (read the full report). These responses are resulting in increasing seniors’ quality-of-life and helping them maintain their independence and social participation. Age-friendly planning and development means building communities that are physically supportive and responsive to seniors’ needs:
- Neighbourhood walkability
- The availability of transportation options that meet the needs of residents who do not drive
- Access to services that seniors need
- The availability of different housing options
- Safety, and
- Opportunities to engage in social and civic activities.
West Toronto Support Services is ready to support our seniors. Ask us how we can help your family.
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