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Editor's e-Note
“Aging in place” has become a familiar refrain in the lexicon of older adult care and it is something that most people hope to do—stay in their homes and communities as they age rather than move to assisted living or continuing care retirement communities. To do that they will require support and a sea change of recognition from communities that they must step forward and offer resources for older adults (who have spent their lives and their dollars there) to keep living in and contributing to the community.

Our e-exclusive describes one program in New Jersey that serves as a model for the support that a community can offer for older adults aging in place and how social workers are helping to make it happen.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
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Program Promotes Aging in Place Model Community
By Lindsey Getz

The idea of “aging in place,” or the opportunity to stay at home as one grows older, has continued to gain traction. The AARP regularly surveys thousands of older adults and has found that consistently at least 80% report that they want to remain in their homes and communities rather than move to a retirement community or supportive housing environment. But there are barriers that prevent many from doing so. The need for programs to support this opportunity is critical. One such program has been developed in the Greater Mercer County region of New Jersey and is serving as an excellent model for other communities.

United We Age, a United Way program, was designed to keep people aged 60 and over in their homes so that they can age in place with dignity and have access to needed services and socialization activities, while maintaining their physical and mental health. Through this program, the United Way has partnered with a number of local organizations to provide necessary resources that help make these goals possible.

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