Even though many older Americans believe they will be able to manage changes that might occur in their health, wellbeing, and finances, approximately 70% will require help with their care at some point, for an average of three years. Thinking about your current and future potential needs and pre-planning for changes, including home modifications, can assist in maintaining your independence at home and will promote your ability to age in place.

The New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team has launched a new Aging in Place Website. The materials on this site are for individuals to form a plan to help them stay in their homes and in their communities for as long as possible.

This Aging In Place Workbook is built around five key topics which aging experts have identified as the critical factors that people should consider and plan for to successfully age in place. These include Housing, Health & Wellness, Transportation, Personal Finance, and Connection & Growth. Materials have been designed to present in a group setting with a facilitator or to be used on an individual basis. A facilitation guide is included to help those interested in setting up and facilitating a group workshop.

Additionally, there is an introductory video designed primarily for health and human services for professional development. There is no cost to download and use the materials for educational purposes.

Checkout the website at: http://www.nrvaoa.org/aging-in-place/

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