Connectedness: a Key Factor in Wanting to Remain Home

One of the common myths is that a majority of the 60+ population pack up their belongings and moves to warmer climates as they age. According to AARP’s 2006 report, “Aging, Migration, and Local Communities: The Views of 60+ Residents and Community Leaders,” only about nine percent, or 4.4 million people age 60+, moved beyond their county in the five years prior to the 2000 Census. In contrast, 9 in 10, or 41.5 million of Americans 60+, remained at home or in the same county.

As are especially nurtured around the holidays, this study reveals that the relationships that people share with each other are a key factor in their decision to remain at home and in the community.  “Connectedness to family, friends and community is truly the emotional fabric of our society and these relationships are key factors in the decision to stay or move,” said Nancy LeaMond, Group Executive Officer, AARP. “Whether the community has a booming new 60+ population or a stable group of 60+ residents, the influx of Baby Boomers in the upcoming years will challenge community leaders to plan ahead accordingly for medical care, transportation options, and social services.”

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About Evan H Farr, CELA, CAP

Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.