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Los Angeles TImes: Aging In Place Recommended As Alternative to Traditional Care
"Today's older Americans are increasingly adamant in their desire to avoid nursing homes or assisted living. And they now have a movement to back them up. Called "aging in place," it has a beautifully simple premise: Keep seniors safe, well-cared for -- and in their homes..."We have an image in our heads that as soon as you retire you sell your home and move to Florida," says Elinor Ginzler, director of livable communities for AARP. "But according to census data, less than 10% of people 60 and older had moved in a five-year period. We're connected to the house we're living in and the neighborhood we're living in." In fact, 90% of adults 60 and older say they want to stay in their home or community rather than uproot themselves late in life, a 2006 AARP study found."
Washington Post: District Of Columbia Fails To Regulate Assisted Living Centers
"Most assisted living centers in the District have not been licensed or inspected eight years after the D.C. Council mandated government oversight of the facilities and set standards for such matters as dispensing medication, training staff and providing adequate bathrooms. As a result, consumer advocates say, some of the District's most vulnerable residents have been left at greater potential risk for abuse and neglect as an industry that offers housing and daily care for the elderly has taken root in the city...Consumer advocates criticized the delay in government action. "Eight years is a long time. . . . I'm just puzzled," said Susan Reinhard, director of the AARP Public Policy Institute. "It's important to have regulations. That should be a consumer protection, a consumer right."

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