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From the Optimal Aging Portal | Making informed housing decisions during a pandemic


Published: ​April 22, 2020 

The Bottom Line

Housing decisions can become even more complex and stressful in the context of the pandemic that we are currently experiencing.


Two recent decision aids have been published to help older adults, families and their caregivers who are grappling with difficult housing decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Decision aids such as these can generally help to increase knowledge about options; encourage patients to be engaged in decisions, support realistic perception of outcomes and risk, and reduce decision-related conflict (among other things).

Older adults, their families and their caregivers often face difficult and complex housing decisions. The home, retirement home or nursing home may no longer be suitable for the evolving needs of older adults. There are probably multiple options to explore, but it's often difficult to identify which one would be best. And all this must be done while weighing many factors that can influence such a decision.

Read the full article here

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (, a unique online health resource created by McMaster University to support the healthy aging of Canada’s older adult population, is highlighting ways to stay active and engaged while practicing physical distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.​ Read more.


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