Is Indianapolis a Good Place for Elder Citizens to Age in Place?
In my regular investigation of aging and housing trends in Indianapolis, I came across information that showcases the necessary community services for supporting an elder population. I firmly believe that all adults should be encouraged and assisted to age in place whenever feasible. If you know of someone who currently lives in a home in Indianapolis that is not suitable for aging concerns, contact me for helping in how to organize, downsize, and prepare a move.
Criteria for Allowing Seniors to Comfortably Age in Place in Indiana
Housing – Accessible/visitable housing that is affordable. Zoning lawsthat permit flexible housing arrangements such as building assisted living facilities or private homes on relatively small lots.
Transportation – This includes mass transit, senior transport programs, walkable neighborhoods (safe for pedestrians), nearby parks, and recreation, roads with visible signage, adequate lighting, and adequate vehicle and pedestrian safety at intersections.
Safe Neighborhoods – Low crime rates and emergency preparedness plans that take the needs of older residents into account.
Health Care – An adequate number of doctors (primary care and specialists) and hospitals, and the presence of preventive health care programs.
Supportive Services – The presence of home and community-based caregiving support services and the availability of home health care, meals-on-wheels and adult day care.
Goods, Services and Amenities –Retail outlets within walking distance, restaurants and grocery stores offering healthy foods, and policies supportive of local farmers’ markets.
Social Integration – Programs and organizations that promote social activities and intergenerational contact. Places of worship, libraries, museums, colleges and universities are often underutilized resources.