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‘Age in place’ should have a more stringent definition

We often hear projects use the term in their marketing approaches, but real “aging in place” should have a more stringent definition.

Jones Lang Wootton executive director Malathi Thevendran tells EdgeProp.my that some of the developments which use the terminology “age in place” are only looking at a small aspect of the overall concept.

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“More often than not, the term is used as a marketing tool and probably only addresses the physical aspect of the development, such as the unit layout, finishes, fitting, etc.

“To target the seniors and to provide age-in-place amenities in the true sense, the development has to provide for all aspects of senior living, such as independent, assisted and full care,” she says.

She adds that an age-in-place development should foster a community in a conducive environment and should include organised activities, entertainment and facilities such as gym for the elderly and also more greenery and garden.

“So if you look around, there are very limited projects that have this full offering,” she points out.

This story first appeared in the EdgeProp.my e-weekly on Jan 15, 2021. You can access back issues here.

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