Challenges to aging in place: Understanding home maintenance difficulties

Cara Bailey Fausset, Andrew J. Kelly, Wendy A. Rogers, Arthur D. Fisk

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Age-related declines in capabilities may compromise older adults' ability to maintain their homes, threatening successful aging in place. Structured interviews were conducted with 44 independently living older adults (mean age = 76.1, standard deviation = 4.7) to discuss difficult home maintenance tasks and how they managed those tasks. Solutions to managing difficulties were categorized as person-related or environment-related. The majority (85%) of responses were person-related solutions. An understanding of the specific challenges that older adults face in maintaining their homes can guide redesign efforts and interventions to effectively support older adults' desire to age in place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-141
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging in place
  • Ecological model of aging
  • Home maintenance
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Public Administration
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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