Aging in place is becoming an increasingly popular term as baby boomers enter their golden years. Deciding where you’re going to live as you grow older is one of the most difficult decisions you’ll face as you enter your golden years.
When deciding whether or not aging in place is right for you, there are a many things you need to consider, but there are five things that often go overlooked:
Although health is usually a key consideration when determining whether or not aging in place is a suitable option, many people focus on current health conditions and fail to consider inevitable changes to both physical and mental health. By overlooking potential future problems, or taking into account the progression of existing conditions, you may end up having to make difficult adjustments down the road. If you decide to age in place, it’s important to make sure that any arrangements you make suit you both now and in the future; you don’t want to wait until it’s too late.
As we age our bodies grow weaker and common household chores such as mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or even taking out the trash become more difficult. In order to age in place successfully you need to make sure that common household maintenance tasks will be addressed so that your environment remains nice and orderly.
Unfortunately there are people out there that target elders when conducting nefarious acts. It’s important to make sure that security is part of your plan to age in place. By making sure there are appropriate safeguards in place such as proper interior and exterior lighting, an adequate alarm system, and functioning locks on all doors and windows, you and your loved one’s can rest easy knowing you’re safe.
If you choose to stay at home as you age you need to consider how you will travel from place to place, especially if driving may become difficult due to health conditions or loss of vision. There are numerous services that are available to seniors living in most major metropolitan areas; however, you’ll need to factor in the costs of these services during your planning.
Proper nutrition is important for people of all ages, but it becomes even more important as you age; especially if you have a condition that requires a specific diet. Making sure that your house is stocked with food and you’re able to safely prepare meals is vital to aging in place.
Aging in place is a viable option for the majority of people. The most important part of successfully aging in place is planning, for both now and in the future.