While the aging term in the aging in place phrase is unwelcome or awkward for some people to consider or discuss - preferring to soften it with some other expression like living in place - it seems to have been adopted into common usage.
Aging is not limited to any particular geography or part of the world either. This concept has really caught on so all of us can use our specialty (remodeling, OT, design, consulting, counseling, assistive technology, durable medical equipment, and so many others) to help design, create, and implement effective solutions for people - whether their physical needs are minimal or great.
Aging in place generally is thought to focus on the senior population, but people are aging in place throughout their lives. Many find a home they want to remain living in long-term at a fairly early stage in their lives. That may be their permanent or lifetime home or they may find another later on. Still, helping people live successfully and effectively wherever they are and for however long is what we do as aging in place specialists. Ideally, we can keep people living independently for their entire lifetimes - as they age in place rather than in a home that is not theirs or a that of a family member.
Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, is a licensed Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist-Master Instructor and best-selling author of universal design books. To learn about this and other programs for aging-in-place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555. Also, check out the "Aging & Accessibility" groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.