You remember the story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Nothing satisfied her. The bed was too big, too hard, too soft. Her porridge too cold, too hot, too – not good enough. Interestingly, there’s a syndrome named after her. The Goldilocks Syndrome.
Aging In Place
As many Baby Boomers are discovering, caring for aging parents is not an easy undertaking. This is due in part to aging relatives who are unwilling or unable to age gracefully, either because they ignore it or refuse to make changes to accommodate their aging. Regardless of how healthy and in-shape your parents may have been in their younger years, they need to understand that the aging process affects everyone and changes need to be made to take this process into consideration.
It is likely that driving is a key aspect of maintaining your independence as you age. It’s normal that your driving abilities change as you get older. By reducing risk factors and incorporating safe driving practices, you may find you are able to stay behind the wheel for many years to come. LifeFone offers three safety tips for older drivers.
Remaining independent and aging in place is usually a goal for all adults. Being able to live in the family home and take care of the finances and other household chores is important for both mind and body for the aging senior and their adult children. There may come a time though when the adult children begin to notice signs that their parents are unable to live alone and steps must be taken.
A new generation of interactive companions may help combat isolation. The wellness benefits of having a pet are well-documented, but older adults are often forced to give up pets they can no longer care for or that are unwelcome at extended-care facilities. LifeFone explores the concept of robotic pets for older adults.
You may sometimes wonder why your aging loved ones are being stubborn when it comes to wanting to age in place. When you consider the options available to your relatives as they age it simply seems easier to move them to assisted living than take care of the maintenance and upkeep on the family home. Many assisted living communities offer a space for home-cooked meals, both on-site and off-site activities, day trips and other luxuries and amenities that aren’t available to many people who are living in their own home.
Research supports the common sense notion that getting prompt help makes surviving an emergency more likely. The ability to get help also boosts the odds that a senior will continue to live independently. The longer a person spends helpless, the greater the likelihood he/she will be discharged into supportive care. For elderly people who live alone, becoming incapacitated and unable to get help is a common event, which usually marks the end to their ability to live independently.
America's senior citizens are living longer, more active lives, and have fast become the largest-growing sector of society. With a ballooning population, thanks to advances in medical science, better access to health care and better living conditions, more living options are available for the elderly outside of assisted living facilities.