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Youcanageathome

Youcanageathome

1/17/13

You Can Age at Home is a website targeted to caregivers who are helping an elder age at home. It provides some statistics on the costs of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but is actually pretty thin on content. Instead, it markets a caregiver training kit for $29 which includes a series of DVDs and books that tell a caregiver what to look out for. In terms of teaching a person how to age at home themselves, this website does not provide much useful information.

Agingathome.info

Agingathome.info

1/17/13

This website promotes aging at home, but is mostly a promotional tool for the book "Happiness Is Growing Old at Home." That book discusses in depth the advantages of aging at home and what it entails, not only for the senior, but for the caregiver. It covers many of the outside resources and agencies one needs to leverage in order to age at home. In addition to promoting book sales via Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the website offers free information around how to age at home. However, the content is pretty thin and mostly consists of checklists for screening home health care agencies and other facilities.

Aging At Home

Aging At Home

1/17/13

One of the biggest challenges of aging at home is finding service providers in the local area who can support your activities of daily living. Aging at Home is a home care company which specializes in offering home care services to individuals looking to age at home in the Massachusetts area. Services include homemaking, errands, personal care, and nursing. The company claims to be nurse-owned and operated which helps them understand the needs of the elder. However, the company seems fairly small and still just starting out.

Institute On Ageing

Institute On Ageing

1/17/13

The Institute on Aging is an organization that primarily services the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a non-profit which provides a comprehensive suite of services for individuals who want to age at home. The services appear to be free, as the organization relies heavily upon volunteers and donations.

There are number of great "how to" guides on the site, explaining things like how to select a caregiver or how to fill out your advanced directives. But in addition to providing information, the organization operates a hotline where you can connect with a professional for free advice on health, financial and emotional issues. For individuals looking to age at home and maintain their independence as they get older, the Institute on Aging is an indispensable resource.

Ageinplacepros

Ageinplacepros

1/16/13

The Age In Place Professionals directory is affiliated with and run by the AgeInPlace.com website. This website essentially provides services to small businesses in the aging in place space. Among the things it offers aging in place service providers is increased visibility to potential customers, website design, search engine optimization, and inbound marketing.

However, the directory is meant to be used by consumers and allows its users to find aging in place service professionals in the local area. The directory is organized by state and contains service professionals such as reverse mortgage consultants and interior designers. However, the directory seems very small at this time.

Ageinplace

Ageinplace

1/16/13

The Age in Place website is a fairly comprehensive website covering everything around the topic of aging in place. It is well organized into distinct categories such as home, technology, money, health, and caregiving. Each one of the topics has useful articles outlining a particular aspect of aging in place.

The site is well maintained and even contains a lot of interesting technology product reviews. For anyone interested in aging in place or wanted to know where to start to prepare to stay in their homes for the long term, this is a great resource to start with.

SeniorResource.com

SeniorResource.com

1/16/13

Senior Resource is a site that strives to be a comprehensive online resource for seniors when it comes to topics such as housing, retirement, finance and insurance. The information, while fairly basic, is pretty comprehensive in its breadth, and is a good place to start for anyone doing research on what one needs to do as they age. The site also covers "aging in place", which it defines as growing older without having to move. There are some good articles on the benefits of aging in place, as well as various checklists and resources one should use when considering staying in their home.

The website is not pretty and not very well organized. It seems to be supported by advertising on the side. However, one standout section of the website is the humor section which presents a large collection of aging-related jokes that are meant to help readers view aging in a more light-hearted, humourous light.

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Aging in Place Technology Watch

1/16/13

The Aging in Place Technology Watch is a thoughtful and well maintained blog concerning the intersection of technology, policy and aging. It is edited primarily by Laurie Orlov, a well-respected and experienced industry analyst who is a big advocate of the aging in place movement. The website provides thought leadership on recent trends that enable baby boomers and seniors to remain in their homes for as long as they want.

Given its primary focus on technology, the Aging in Place Technology Watch does a good job not only introducing new products and services to its readership, but also analyzing the social and political implications of aging in place technology on the population it hopes to benefit. Definitely worth subscribing to their newsletter!

aginginplace.com

aginginplace.com

1/16/13

The Aging in Place website contains information about how to age in place, as well as a catalog for aging in place products. The website contains some good articles on topics such as the cost of long term care and universal design principles. The blog seems pretty current as well. However, there seems to be too much focus on physical products as opposed to the services and resources that are required for someone to truly age in place over the long term. Although the site does not have its own storefront, they seem to be running an affiliate program for Amazon where they send Amazon traffic for certain products and collect referral fees whenever someone makes a purchase. It's unclear how effective a site like this can be to help the aging in place movement just by selling products.

Center for aging in place

Center for aging in place

1/16/13

The Center for Aging in Place is a non-profit which supports the national "Aging in Place" movement. Aging in place basically refers to when a person decides to remain in their home as they grow older by leveraging social and community based support. However, rather than help consumers directly, the Center for Aging in Place assists local groups and villages by providing leadership, administrative, and infrastructure support.

They are best known for sponsoring local Aging in Place membership programs in the WestChester County area, which provide members with social activities, referrals to local service providers, local discounts, transportation options, and health & wellness programs. The dues for these local aging in place memberships are several hundred dollars a year.

Age in place

Age in place

1/16/13

The National Aging in Place Council is a great resource for seniors looking for support with aging in place. The NAPC is a non-profit dedicated to generating awareness of aging at home as a viable alternative to moving into a nursing home as one gets older. The reason they say this is possible now is because of the abundance of home and community-based services that promoto independent living. Their website acts as an aging in place resource guide to an extensive support network of service providers.

Along those lines, the National Aging in Place Council also has a membership program for aging in place service providers, such as home care providers, financial advisors, occupational therapists, etc. The NAPC presumably vets these service providers before admitting them and holds them to certain conduct and quality standards in order to ensure that they can reliably help seniors age in place. However, they do charge fees in exchange for membership and the use of their brand, so in that regard, they are very similar to the Better Business Bureau.

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