There are nearly 1.4 million people over age 60 who live in New York. This number is projected to rise to almost 2 million in 2040. Why? In large part because empty nesters are moving back into the city.
If you are considering a move back to the city or in another part of the city, there are many things to think about. As we grow older, there are even more considerations we need to be aware of. People ages 50 and above who are moving must look ahead and think about whether certain health issues should play a role in finding a new apartment or house.
Will the place provide accessibility?
While it may not be an issue now, empty nesters should think about how the apartment or home will work for them as they age. A bad knee or a hip replacement may make a walkup or a home with many stairs unlivable. What if you need a wheelchair at some point? Does the building have ramps?
Watch out for fall hazards
Even if you are in good health, you should consider whether there are fall hazards in your new place. People of any age can and do fall, but the risk is greater for older adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that falls are the most common reason for death by injury for seniors age 84 and over.
Fall hazards in a home or apartment may include broken steps, steep stairways, ripped carpeting, slick tile or linoleum, broken concrete, uneven flooring and bathtubs that are difficult to get in and out of. These may be things to consider as you look for your next residence.
Whether you rent an apartment or purchase a condo or home, you will want to make sure it's going to be the right fit for you and your loved one today and in the years to come.