Monday, December 12, 2011

USA Today covers "aging in place;" senior care needs continue to grow

Aging in place has become a topic that news media organizations are covering more and more. USA Today recently ran a great story looking at the significance of the elderly finding support systems and innovative ways to remain at home.

Tennessee and other states have developed programs such as CHOICES to allow more options for seniors that do not require nursing home level care. Thanks to that program, Progress Inc.'s Senior Care Program enrollment grew by 300 percent in the last year, and there are evovling plans to provide even more living and care options for the elderly soon.

Here's part of the article on how cities across America are handling the growing senior care needs. There's also a link to the USA Today article.

VERONA, N.J. – Retirement communities may have their perks, but Beryl O'Connor says it would be tough to match the birthday surprise she got in her own backyard when she turned 80 this year.

She was tending her garden when two little girls from next door — "my buddies," she calls them — brought her a strawberry shortcake. It underscored why she wants to stay put in the house that she and her husband, who died 18 years ago, purchased in the late 1970s.

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