Should you stay, or should you go? What to consider when thinking about aging in place

Aging in place means older adults are able to stay in their residence of choice for as long as they are able, and often requires careful planning to adapt to changing needs. Choosing to stay might mean modifications are made to the home to create a safer environment. It may also mean more support services to assist with various tasks, including physical activity. Older adults who have cognitive and functional limitations and whose homes are not adapted to their needs sometimes consider moving to a retirement home or long-term care home.

Whether you’re planning for your future or considering the best option for a family member or friend, we’ve compiled some helpful resources to support your decision-making process.


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