Monday, February 17, 2014

Age and Insulbrick

Just to follow up on a passing news item. A sad story was of a home which collapsed around an older homeowner in Baldwin recently. A follow up in the Trib had some demographics of the elderly here. So vanity warning, but see Trib: Check on neighbors, agency advices.

But what I point out on occasion is a demographic factoid that has been remarkably persistent here for decades.  If you benchmark how long Pittsburgh area homeowners have lived in their current homes, we almost always show up near the top, if not #1, in any comparison with other places.  Lots of ways to parse that, and to skip the regional benchmarking, here is a quick comparison of the county to the nation. We have a lot more folks who have lived in their current homes a remarkably long time compared to the nation. That is true for the region, the county and is invariably even more extreme in some of our municipalities. 1969 or earlier, the oldest category explicitly tabulated in the ACS, means you have been in your current home at least 4 decades, and likely longer. In more formal jargon, this is an extreme of what is otherwise called aging in place.

When you juxtapose that with the other factoid that defines us, namely that we have some of the oldest homes in the nation (linked map also known as the Insulbrick index of Pittsburgh), you can see the mix that gets you in trouble.  If you know any older neighbor needing assistance in repairing their home, there are programs in town to help. Just one I know of, check out what Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh does every day.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

Both houses we have owned here, we have had a next-door neighbor living in the house where she raised her now-adult kids. It is really pretty awesome, with a little extra snow shoveling and such being traded for quality bake goods and soups and stories about what happened in our house before us.

Monday, February 17, 2014 9:04:00 AM  
Blogger joe said...

Some other good programs/resources locally (from a fellow aging geek):

The Home Safe Program operated by Valley Care Association.

Open Your Heart to a Senior, a program of the United Way.

The Home Modification and Assistive Technology Initiative from PHFA.

And I keep waiting for some local whipper-snapper to come up with an "Age-Friendly Community" app that's better than this one out of Toronto.

Monday, February 17, 2014 4:04:00 PM  

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