Research indicate that the most needed features for programs and services to sustain housing for older adults refer to physical accessibility; proximity to community services; infrastructure that connects housing with services; healthy living environments; and high quality social spaces in and near housing developments. In in collaboration with the CHA, Southminster Inc., and other community organizations propose a comprehensive approach to assess the needs of residents, provide adequate health and social services, and identify best practices to promote successful aging and quality of life for older adults. This proposed Aging in Place Program for residents 55 year and older in affordable housing expands the vision of the CHA to address public housing in Charlotte by using a holistic community redevelopment approach, and focusing on multiple critical factors, including mixed-income housing, educational opportunities, youth and senior programs, health and wellness services.
The proposed Aging in Place Program will have the following AIMS:
- Assess the health needs and supportive medical and social services for resident seniors at affordable housing
- Coordinate medical and social services to improve sustainable aging in place and wellness among senior residents
- Evaluate the impact and determinants of the “Aging in Place” program to promote quality of life for senior residents at affordable housing.
- Promote leadership development among senior residents in affordable housing.
The current proposal follows the holistic perspective on successful and healthy aging. It will examine the conditions under which residents at affordable housing would maintain functional capacity and productive lives as they experience changes in multiple domains. Older adults in the community face challenges related to their health, social and cognitive functions, along with important life transitions, such as retirement, caregiving, or relocation to long-term care communities.