We are still largely unprepared to meet the needs of the overwhelming numbers of seniors who wish to “age in place” in their own homes and communities, said the Bipartisan Policy Center in a report released Monday.
The number of senior citizens in America, those age 65 and older, is expected to double between 2010 and 2040. The BPC argues that the needs of the overwhelming number of seniors who want to "age in place" are not prepared to be met yet.
The commission proposed better coordination of federal programs that deliver housing and health care services to seniors. The BPC suggests that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services should work together to identify the barriers to the use of residential platforms for meeting the needs of seniors.
Additionally, the commission proposed better integration between aging-in-place priorities and federal programs. The approach to meeting the needs of the senior population should be more coordinated, according to the BPC.
A White House conference could bring together top federal officials and key players in the private and public sectors to draw national attention to the issue of senior housing and to catalyze development of a coordinated approach to aging in place, the report claims.
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