new survey of nearly 3,000 U.S. adults finds that although two-thirds want to age in their current home or community. However, only a third believe that they will be able to do so. The survey highlights three main factors that influence individuals’ ability to age in place: social determinants of health (SDOH) like access to transportation and technology, presence and availability of loved ones who can provide care, and the patients’ perceptions regarding the quality of care that they are receiving and expecting to receive.

Some Key Insights:

  • Overall trends: Those from the Greatest Generation (born between 1901-1927) and baby boomers (born 1946-1964) were most likely to want to age in their current homes, but these two groups were also the likeliest to believe they would meet that goal.
  • Demographics: Low-income individuals and those who are Asian or Asian American are the least likely to believe they can age in place.
  • Barriers: A quarter of respondents don’t believe their home is suitable for older adults, while nearly 30% say they don’t have the funds to be able to carry on in their current setting. And 19% say they would feel alone if they aged in their current homes.

 

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A new national survey shows a stark gap between the desire to age in place in America and the ability to do so.