Common Aging Terms
What is Aging in place?
The Journal of Housing for the Elderly states that aging in place is not having to move from one's present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to changing needs.
What is assisted living?
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) defines an assisted living residence as a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs - both scheduled and unscheduled - of those who need help with activities of daily living.
What are the activities of daily living?
Personal hygiene and grooming
Dressing and undressing
Functional transfers (Getting from bed to wheelchair, getting onto or off of toilet, etc.)
Bowel and bladder management
What is dementia?
Dementia is the gradual deterioration of mental functioning, such as concentration, memory, and judgment, which affects a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities.
What is Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Click here for more information.