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Aging in Place: Habitat for Humanity Fresno County Offers Assistance (Video)

Aging in Place: Habitat for Humanity

From left to right: Doug Berard (Ramps and Rails recipient), Tony Miranda (Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Fresno County), and Sabrina Kelley (Habitat for Humanity Fresno County Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator)

Nationwide, millions of older low-income homeowners struggle to make critical repairs and home modifications necessary to safely age in place. Grants made through AARP Foundation’s Home Repair Accelerator program have been addressing this issue by supporting new models of sustainable and low-cost home repair assistance.

Habitat for Humanity International is widely known for its volunteer-driven projects of rebuilding homes from the ground up. But in Fresno, California, and other locations, they are now also engaged in efforts that allow low-income 50+ homeowners to continue to live safely and comfortably in their existing homes.

Habitat for Humanity of Fresno County is one of seven Habitat affiliates to receive support, and has been expanding their Ramps and Rails program and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

The following video captures some of the best practices that Habitat for Humanity of Fresno County has learned and applied through their work, and more importantly, the impact of the program on the lives of older adults in West Fresno.

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Whether people 50+ own or rent, the repercussions from the recession are severe - abandoned neighborhoods, rent increases and a decrease in affordable, subsidized housing. Millions of homeowners can neither sell their homes nor receive approval to refinance their mortgages at today’s much lower interest rates. 

 

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New Technologies to Help Seniors Age in Place

(The Wall Street Journal, June 2014) - As the population grows older, engineers and health experts are searching for new ways to prevent elderly people from injuring themselves at home. In doing so, they hope to keep people in their homes longer, a concept known as aging in place. Read

Government Recalls Bed Rails After Reported Deaths

(AARP, May 2014) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of more than 100,000 adult bed rails that it says can pose a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death. Read

Architects Live in Senior Spaces to Help Elderly

(USA Today, May 2014) - Young architects move into senior housing and live with the people they were designing housing for so they can get a feel for the needs and requirements of the residents. Read