As Americans grow older they want to remain in their own homes, and many say they are modifying their residences to enable them to do so. More than 8 in 10 respondents age 45 and over (including many Baby Boomers) - and more than 9 in 10 of those 65 and over - say they would like to stay where they are for as long as possible. Even if they should need help caring for themselves, 82% would prefer not to move from their current homes.
The nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 midlife and older Americans, conducted in November-December 1999, also found that:
- 70% of those able to make changes have made at least one modification to make their homes easier to live in
- 85% have made simple changes to their homes
- 67% of those making changes or modifications to their homes believe doing so will allow them to live there longer than they would have otherwise been able to - most for another 10 or more years.