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12/11/2012 04:19 pm ET

Aging In Place: What You Should Expect From An Age-Friendly Community


Whether you're 16 or 96, everybody wants to live in a community that embraces and accommodates the specific challenges of their age group. And as droves of boomers currently enter their second half of life and want to age in place, the number of age friendly communities that welcome this specific demographic is expected to increase.

An age-friendly community is “a community or a city where all ages can grow in an environment that is comfortable and safe for all of them,” said Los Angeles-based aging advocate Barbara Meltzer. “You can be born there and you can die there in your own home, and I think that’s the goal of most older people.” The statistics bear this statement out: Today a third of older Americans are aging in place and living by themselves, compared to only 10 percent in the 1950s, according to “Aging Alone in America” written by Eric Klinenberg, a professor at New York University.

Meltzer outlines the four specific things that one should expect from an age-friendly community. To find out these factors, watch the video above.

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