Aging Of A Public Policy Research And Aid For The Elderly Essay

2157 Words Dec 14th, 2016 9 Pages
The concept of “aging in place” has become a centerpiece of public policy research and aid for the elderly in the United States. “Aging in place” is defined as the ability to live in one 's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. The ability to age comfortably in their own home and community is essential to a healthy aging process. There are a number of measures the elderly can take to make sure that they are able to age in the comfort of their own homes. Meika Loe set out to examine strategies in ensure successful aging in place in her book Aging Our Way, and stressed the ability of the elderly to adapt within their routines and maintain a healthy balance between independence and asking for help, in achieving the comfortability necessary to age in place. Additionally, Lois Verbrugge and Alan Jette performed a similar study that focused on the issues that came with disability and physical deterioration common with old age. They publicized their findings in the article, The Disablement Process, and found that one of the ways that elders adapted in order to age in place, particularly with a disability, was to adapt their home to accommodate their new limitations. The common denominator in all of these strategies is a sense of self awareness that you are not as strong and fit as you once were and the ability to adapt your life to accommodate these changes. It is clear that acknowledging your limitations and…

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