More homeowners are taking on projects that will allow them to age comfortably in their current home, according to the “2017 Aging in Place Report” from HomeAdvisor. But they don’t like the term “aging in place.”
Researchers, who surveyed those 55 years old and up for the report, found that many of these homeowners are completing projects that put more emphasis on ease-of-living improvements than aesthetics. But researchers also found that many homeowners won’t call these improvements “aging in place,” even though the term may accurately describe the projects.
“People don’t think of themselves as aging—even when they are. There’s no specific age or moment in time in which people become officially ‘old.’ Additionally, the stigma surrounding aging keeps most people in denial long past the point at which the process is clear,” according to the report.