Author Topic: The Problem With Growing Old in the Suburbs  (Read 2657 times)

finehoe

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The Problem With Growing Old in the Suburbs
« on: July 12, 2016, 09:43:40 AM »
...the American suburbs, built for returning GIs and their burgeoning families, are already aging. In 1950, only 7.4 percent of suburban residents were 65 and older. By 2014, it was 14.5 percent. It will rise dramatically in the coming decades, with the graying of 75.4 million baby boomers mostly living in suburbia.

But car-centric suburban neighborhoods with multilevel homes and scarce sidewalks are a poor match for people who can’t climb stairs or drive a car.

“Most (boomers) are in a state of denial about what really is possible and what’s reasonable for them as they age,” said John Feather, a gerontologist and the CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, a national association of foundations for seniors.

Mildred Warner, professor of city and regional planning at Cornell University, said too many Americans are “living in a Peter Pan world.” People become “more feeble” as they age, she said, and communities need to plan and budget for that.

But state and local officials are largely unprepared to handle heightened demands for transportation, affordable housing and long-term care. One study estimated that spending on public transit would have to increase 81 percent, to $8.6 billion, by 2030 to meet the needs of seniors who want to stay in their homes.

“The graying of suburbia is going to become the central challenge of the country and the suburbs,” said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. “Most suburbs are not ready. They don’t have the resources, experience or ability to deal with these big issues.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article88876507.html

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Re: The Problem With Growing Old in the Suburbs
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2016, 07:11:04 PM »
Dont they call these places, assisted living facilities? They look like a townhouse or a condo, but have health care and transportation support. Kids cant live with you and it has a social schedule that revolves around the interests of the residents.

These are not the same as nursing homes which is barely above a hospital in look and feel.

It really is an individual choice on how one wants to finish their years regardless of where it happens to be. 

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Re: The Problem With Growing Old in the Suburbs
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2016, 10:47:39 PM »
It really is an individual choice on how one wants to finish their years regardless of where it happens to be.

Well, that's what most of us want to believe, but the article makes the case that the choice is often made for us due to financial and/or health issues that everybody thinks won't happen to them.

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Re: The Problem With Growing Old in the Suburbs
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2016, 09:41:34 AM »
Existing homes, especially older ones may not have accessible bathrooms and such for wheelchairs and walkers, or other features that will help as we get older can make it a challenge.  My house was build in 1978, and has several steps, but also very narrow bathroom doorways (24") that will require a costly remodel to make it usable, including conversion from a tub to a walk in shower.  Thinking about aging in place issues is easier to do when initially building a home, and costly later.

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Re: The Problem With Growing Old in the Suburbs
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2016, 10:49:00 AM »
We moved from the suburbs to Riverside/5 Points ten years ago after seeing the dilemma faced by our ageing parents when we took car keys away from them.  They were stranded in the suburbs and we had to drive them everywhere.

Now everything we need is in walking/bicycle distance.
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Re: The Problem With Growing Old in the Suburbs
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2016, 07:32:19 PM »
No matter where you want to grow old, suburb, downtown or at some facility, dog gone it, just make sure they can still have sex when they want. Its the new thing in senior living.

  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/nyregion/too-old-for-sex-not-at-this-nursing-home.html