KANSAS City / Kansas City Star / Life / April 16, 2011
Winnifred Whited is among the fortunate who are aging in place.
It isn’t easy to age in place. In the coming decades, more of us are going to find that out.
By DIANE STAFFORD
The Kansas City Star
Whited is doing what most old people want to do: to “age in place” — with a little bit of help when needed.
Since 1942, Winnifred Whited has called one Kansas City dwelling home. At 98, she has been able to continue her independent living with help from friends, volunteers and social services. Tammy Ljungblad
She has Snowball, her cat, and nightly phone calls from a niece. These keep her company between Meals on Wheels deliveries, visits from an aide who gives her a bath, and outings with relatives or friends who take her to the grocery or the doctors.
Whited is among the fortunate. It isn’t easy to age in place.
Since Marie Norrise is physically unable to leave her Kansas City home, physician Nevada Lee makes a house call to see her.
In the coming decades, more of us are going to find that out. For the next 20 years, as 79 million baby boomers age, 10,000 people a day will turn 65, an average of one every 13 seconds.
And here’s another wrinkle: At least a third of Americans who reach age 65 are likely to reach age 90, perhaps frail and needing lots of help.
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