Based on the positive feedback I heard about the assessment tool in my book about healthy aging, Right Place, Right Time, I have created an online version with a few simple questions to help you discover whether the place you live is the best fit for today and into the future.

You will be presented with a series of statements covering five dimensions of life: Place, Purpose, Social Connection, Physical Well-Being, and Financial Well-Being. For each statement, please indicate on a scale of 1 to 5 how much you agree or disagree. 

PLACE

Place encompasses country, region, state, metropolitan area, neighborhood, and physical dwelling. Place directly and indirectly impacts one's well-being.

 
1. Where I live feels like home.
 
2. My region, state and metropolitan area is positioned for growth in the years and decades ahead.
 
3. I do not expect climate change to make my place less desirable to live.
 
4. I do not feel burdened with my time or finances to maintain my current home.
 
5. My home can adequately accommodate mobility or health challenges I or my partner have today or in the future.

PURPOSE

People with an articulated purpose, particularly in regard to a cause greater than themselves, live longer and healthier lives. Purpose is one of the best predictors of happiness and people with a sense of purpose are 2.4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's.

 
1. I have a broader purpose in my life that is greater than myself and helps motivate me on a daily basis.
 
2. I find purpose in my work or retirement.
 
3. I have meaningful relationships with family and friends.
 
4. I volunteer or provide service to others on a regular basis.
 
5. I am actively involved in an affinity group, such as a faith community, fitness group, community organization, etc.

SOCIAL CONNECTION

A key part of successful aging is developing and maintaining relationships. Loneliness has been found to be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and can increase the risk of premature death by as much as 30%.

 
1. I rarely feel lonely.
 
2. I have close relationships with whom I can share important things in my life.
 
3. I have family or close friends who live physically close to me.
 
4. I see friends on a regular basis (at least once per week) in person.
 
5. I know most of my neighbors.

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

Exercise has been shown to have an impact on our physical well-being in a plethora of ways, from strengthening muscles to improving heart conditions to sharpening minds. Our diet and sleeping patterns can matter, too.

 
1. I am physically active, such as going on a brisk walk, at least two times per week.
 
2. My exercise routine involves a mix of aerobic, interval, and resistance training.
 
3. I generally maintain a healthy diet.
 
4. I do not smoke and my alcohol consumption is moderate (less than 1-2 drinks per day).
 
5. I consistently get enough sleep to feel recharged and prepared for the day.

FINANCIAL WELL-BEING

Being financially prepared for a long life is critical. Living longer introduces uncertain costs, especially around healthcare. For example, 1 out of 3 people 65 and older may never need long-term care support, but 20% will need it for more than five years.

 
1. My financial plan for a long life has feedback from a third party, such as a financial advisor or trusted friend.
 
2. I expect to have the ability and opportunity to work beyond traditional retirement age, even if on a part-time basis.
 
3. I have outside resources, including family, that could help me should a need arise beyond my financial means.
 
4. I do not expect to have family or friends that will need my financial assistance.
 
5. I have long-term care insurance or other means to pay for long-term care should I need it.

ALMOST DONE!

Fill out the form below to receive your results.

 
The topic of place and healthy aging is important to me as well as for my parents. *
 
I would be interested in additional content, such as video courses and workshops, on the subject of place and healthy aging. *
 
What age bracket describes you? *
 
What best describes your current primary residence? *

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