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Survey Says: More People Willing to Move into Assisted Living

As reported in McKnight’s Senior Living this week, most people at or near retirement age would rather stay home than move into a senior living community -- but the gap between the two options is narrowing. 

A survey from Retirement Living Information Center found that 30 percent of respondents said they would move into an assisted living community, a 13 percent increase from 2016. Failing health was the leading reason for moving into assisted living. 

However, more than 80 percent said they plan to continue living at home as they age. When asked if they could no longer live on their own, 52 percent said they would rather live at home but with a part or full-time caregiver over moving into an assisted living facility, moving in with friends or family or moving into a nursing home.

More than 2,300 people aged 51 to 80 participated in the survey. Full results are available here.

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