A new review of academic literature explores the nuance of “aging in place” and its many conceptualizations in research and policy. Seven different definitions of “aging in place” are identified and each has distinct policy implications. For example, if aging in place refers to “never moving”, then policies might focus on home modifications and accessibility adaptations to their current homes, as opposed to the construction of new housing types for seniors. If “aging in place” refers to “having choices” and emphasizes individual autonomy, then policies might do better to focus on promoting a range of housing options and care environments.
Different definitions of “aging in place” have distinct policy implications
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