Study shows aging in place preserves seniors’ independence, reduces care costs

As we get older and are no longer able to do some of the things we used to, we have to consider whether or not we’re in the best living environment for our situation. Should we “age in place” and live in our own home, or should we move to assisted living or a nursing home.

Researchers at the University of Missouri’s Aging in Place project have found that seniors have better outcomes when they receive care in their preferred place of living rather than moving from place to place as their needs change.


According to Marilyn Rantz, a professor at the school of nursing and project director of TigerPlace, an elder housing project, “Traditional long-term care often diminishes seniors’ independence and quality of life.” Residents at TigerPlace receive care when they need it in the privacy of their own apartments. In addition to costs that were significantly lower than assisted living or nursing homes, the TigerPlace residents had improved mental and physical health outcomes and very high satisfaction with the program.

(By the way, we love this advertisement for TigerPlace.)

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