Podcast Episode 127: Aging in Place

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As many people get older, they start to think about where they want to reside for the rest of their years. For many of them, that place is the home they are already in. But it is not as simple as just staying put. One must consider mobility issues, staying safe physically, nearby services, social support, transportation issues, along with present and future medical needs.

These are issues common to most people as they age, and Parkinson’s disease adds another level of considerations. Fortunately, many resources are available to help in planning for the future. In general, the topic goes under the term “Aging in Place,” which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as “the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.

In this episode, Rodney Harrell, Vice President for Family, Home, and Community at the AARP Public Policy Institute describes what Aging in Place should mean, misconceptions about it, barriers to it, what to consider, and how best to prepare for Aging in Place. Then Scott Rider, a Parkinson’s Foundation Aware in Care Ambassador, National Development Committee Member and Carolinas Chapter Advisory Board Member, discusses how he has put an Aging in Place plan into practice by adapting his home for his current needs and anticipated future needs considering, specifically, his Parkinson’s disease.

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Released: April 19, 2022

Rodney Harrell, PhD

Rodney Harrell, PhD

Rodney Harrell is Vice President of Family, Home and Community at AARP, leading AARP Public Policy Institute’s team of issue experts related to LTSS, Family Caregiving and Livable Communities. His research on housing preferences, neighborhood choice and community livability are integral to the world-renowned AARP Livability Index that measures every US neighborhood. He is also a speaker, researcher and blogger on livable communities' issues and leads AARP’s Future of Housing work.

Scott Rider

Scott Rider

Scott Rider was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 47. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Scott is now retired at age 62 and lives with his wife Kelly in Beaufort, South Carolina. Scott Rider is a Parkinson’s Foundation Aware in Care Ambassador, National Development Committee Member and Carolinas Chapter Advisory Board Member.

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