Aging in Place


A Green House Project resident makes rolls.

Hour 2

While retirement communities may appeal to some people, in surveys most Americans say they want to grow old in their homes. The “aging in place” movement, as it’s been called, works to enable people to stay in their homes for as long as possible through social support networks, changes to home design, and technology advances, and the idea has been gaining traction around the country. Changes are also happening in the world of nursing homes where gigantic institutional facilities are being retooled into smaller, home-like environments. This hour, we’ll explore the aging in place movement and some new ideas that are revolutionizing nursing homes. We’ll also hear about some of the latest technological advances that are assisting and monitoring older people in their homes. Our guests are BILL THOMAS, founder of the Green House Project, EILEEN SULLIVAN-MARX, Associate Dean for Practice and Community Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing, and JOSEPH COUGHLIN, Director of MIT’s AgeLab.

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