Many seniors worry about what will happen to their homes if they get sick or injured. This is a natural concern, and it also highlights a very real problem for many older people, as well as their families. The big question: why are we worrying about property when we should worrying about getting healthy? This is what the concept of “aging in place” seeks to answer for us. Aging in place is defined by the CDC as “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
Aging In Place: Health Changes For Seniors
Health problems can increase as seniors age– this is natural. Some common health related complications and disease:
- Hearing Loss
- Macular Degeneration
- Heart Disease
- Memory Loss
- Mobility Loss
- Lower strength and stamina
- Risk of Parkinson’s disease
Understanding the possible risks, and planning for it can lessen the burden on you and your family. Additionally, it can reduce the need for emergency assistance in the future, saving you time and money too.
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Aging In Place: Why transition to senior living
If the ability to age in place is important for you, or a loved one, you might consider transitioning to senior living facility. This type of community simplifies the process of aging in place, because all of the services you could ever need are already available within the community–independent living, assisted living, memory care, etc.
Aging In Place: Why is it important
According to www.aginginplace.com most people 65 years and older live with a spouse, or they live alone. A large majority of these people struggle with everyday activities, including cleaning and cooking. Because of this, their quality of life naturally deteriorated over time.
“As of 2000, there were approximately 35 million Americans over the age of 65. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 there will be
approximately 71.5 million Americans over the age of 65. That number is more than twice what it was in 2000 and represents nearly 20% of the entire projected U.S. population in 2030.”
These statistics present a huge problem, because as of right now, we will not have the systems available to support this many “incapable” people in 15 years. What will the millions of Americans who are aging in place (or hope to age in place) do then?
Aging In Place: Planning for quality of life
The primary goal associated with aging in place is to, as previously mentioned, is to make it easy for senior to live where they want for as long as they can. It goes beyond this too. An even bigger goal for seniors and their families (really anyone who wants to age in place) is to make a plan to maintain and/or improve quality life. The best plans will therefore focus on quality of life necessities, including yourself, your residence, financial well being, and any other valuable items.
If you’re looking for a stellar place to age in place, look no further. Contact Stellar Senior Living today for more information about our senior living facilities nationwide! Click here to find a community near you or give us a call at 801-495-7000.
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