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SPECIAL REPORT: Transforming Life As We Age

Aging well requires planning. Here's how to maintain choice and independence.

July 7, 2014

Most of us would rather not think about how we'll manage when we're very old and may need help in our daily lives. And yet, aging well requires planning. This special report will cover topics central to maintaining dignity, choice and independence as we age. This special report is supported by a grant from The SCAN Foundation.

Making Our Plans

Why it's important to talk about the care we'll need as we age:


Few of us understand the full cost of long-term care or the precarious state of government support.


WhAt it takes to age in place

People are living longer, and most Americans desire to stay in their homes as they age. Here's how to make it work.
 


How to get good long-term care coverage

Almost anyone planning for retirement ought to carefully consider whether they might need long-term care coverage.


Are You Set to Pay a $262,800 Nursing Home Bill?

The median annual rate of a private room in a nursing home is now $87,600. Budgeting for care has never been more important.
 


3 Innovative ways to age in place

90 percent of adults over 65 want to remain in their homes as long as possible. Here are three new models that are helping boomers and their parents do just that.


Henry cisneros Wants to design cities for all ages

Do you want to age independently in your own home and neighborhood? Many people do, and the former HUD Secretary and San Antonio Mayor is trying to make it a reality for millions of Americans.

 



VIDEO RESOURCES

The importance of planning now to identify personal and financial options to meet your future long-term needs is paramount. Twin Cities Public Television's David Gillette explains how we all can begin thinking about how to own our futures.

Tour sample home and community spaces that allow people to age in their homes comfortably and safely. This includes areas around the home: bedroom, bathroom, living room, office, and the yard.

New housing options are increasing and evolving for older adults. Learn more about your options from this roundtable discussion, hosted by Twin Cities Public Television.

From D.C. to Massachusetts, Minnesota to California, Americans are devising innovative plans to help more people save money and stay in their homes longer. Here are a few examples from PBS NewsHour.