Aging in place is a major topic for us at Senior Care Corner as is it for many seniors and boomers who are looking ahead to their senior years.
With a majority of those surveyed expressing a preference to live in their own homes and many more for whom it may be the only option, we know it is important to family members who want to see their senior loved ones live safely and comfortably as they age.
It is important for family members to keep in mind that aging in place isn’t for everyone, even for some who think it is what they want. Those who feel more comfortable in the community setting offered by a senior living facility, who have no support network in a home setting or need more can than can be provided – or they can afford – at home may not find themselves comfortable aging in place.
Successful Aging in Place
This episode of the Senior Care Corner podcast starts our discussion of achieving “successful” aging in place for senior family members, which starts with helping loved ones define success. What do they really want from their home as they age?
Because aging in place is one area where planning ahead can make the process better for both seniors and family members in the long run, defining objectives for the aging years and planning to meet those objectives can truly pay off in the long run.
One important factor for many in determining the success of their aging in place is where they live. Some of the factors we discuss in “where” include:
- Geography – not just specific locations but proximity to – or distance from – family members;
- Community type – whether a senior-oriented or one with a more diverse population would best fit needs and interests;
- Residence type – current home or a different type from the standpoint of size, required maintenance, compatibility new the physical constraints of aging; and,
- Closeness to other people – from down the street to on the same hallway with shared living facilities.
More aspects to consider in successful aging in place will be discussed in a future episode.
Technology for Successful Aging in Place
Also in this episode we start a conversation about the technology that will be key to making aging in place successful for many seniors. That starts with communications, from telephone to smartphone to the web.
As we discuss, much of the current tech application for aging in place builds new applications on existing platforms but we see some real innovation in the near future that will help make aging in place a safer, healthier and more comfortable future for many seniors and their families.
News Items in This Episode
- Many surgeons do not discuss advance directives with their patients before surgery
- Attorney General (WA) warns against senior health care scams
- Choosing home caregivers for aging parents
- Phobic anxiety may lead to premature aging
Link Mentioned in this Episode
Podcast Transcript – so you can follow along or read at your convenience