Growing old gracefully is a fairly universal desire.
As more and more Americans live longer, the value of how we age is now accompanied by where we age. Whether it’s a long-cherished home or a convenient retirement community, seniors – and their loved ones – benefit from studying the options for their evolving housing needs.
First, it’s helpful to assess the current situation. Try to answer these questions: Do you (or your loved one) own a home, and if so, live with a partner or relative? What is your financial situation? How old are you? How’s your health? Your responses will help as you research the alternatives, many of which are described below.
A little dose of reality can be a motivator for planning ahead. San Diego County’s population of people 65 and up is expected to double by 2030, according to the 2009 San Diego County Health Report. At the same time, the National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy deemed the county the 13th most expensive rental market in the U.S. in 2012 of 208 metro areas studied. This group, which used figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ranked San Diego 18th in 2010. In such difficult times, looking ahead may avert such dire circumstances and provide a safe and comfortable future.
Housing Options include:
- Communities and facilities for seniors
- Live with family members or loved ones
- Age in Place
Once some basic decisions are made, Call Ron Greenwald at 858-776-5863.