Home Modifications Don't Have to Break the Bank!
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define aging in place as the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. Another term along similar lines of thinking is Universal Design -- designing buildings, products, or environments to make them accessible to all people regardless of age, disability, or other factors. This concept originated from the University of North Carolina.
Aging safely in your home doesn't need to be a daunting or expensive job. We often think of large or costly modifications when we hear these terms. However, changes can be gradual and inexpensive, and they can start small and make a significant impact. Minor improvements can include clearing pathways, adding seating, and removing small rugs or cords that can be tripping hazards. As our light bulbs wear out, we can replace them with brighter and longer-burning LED bulbs.
These simple changes are low to no cost and can be implemented by people of all ages. The best advice is not to wait until there are falls or injuries to make the changes. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."