The one place most comfortable for the senior citizen to get older is home. According to a study conducted by AARP, 89 percent of adults prefer that choice. They want to stay where the heart makes long-lasting memories with friends and family.
There’s no question that aging in place has extensive appeal. Where else will you find chances to connect with neighbors of all ages? While retirement communities have inviting perks, they’re no match to the home. Staying in a neighborhood connects the person to a multi-generational lifestyle, rather than limiting them to a community of older adults.
Today, senior citizens demand a new lifestyle. They want to connect with people of all ages and maintain a sense of independence. They’re active, have a variety of interests, and want to continue learning.
In the new era of technology – from personal health records to finding caregivers – seniors head to the web. They exchange texts with grandkids, they engage with friends and family on Facebook, and they even pay the bills online.
A 2012 Gallup survey asked people what they wanted to do once they reached retirement. The survey asked, “Do you think you will continue working and work full-time; keep working and work part-time; or stop working altogether?” People who responded confirmed that they would like to continue to work. When asked, “Why, because you have to or want to?”
- 18% would work full-time, and a third of those said it was because they wanted to, not because they would have to.
- 63% would work part-time; almost two-thirds of those said they would do it because they wanted to.
- 18% would retire and stop working altogether.
Local communities offer senior citizens opportunities beyond the neighborhood. City governments partner with the college campuses and non-profit organizations to provide lifetime learning. It’s not about getting a degree; it’s about staying active and involved.
Adults want to be with young people, to keep a sense of humor, to retain the brain’s capability and fresh ideas, and to maintain an active body.
The Need for Extra Help
When the going gets rough, in-home care services is the best solution to help seniors age in place.
Keeping a house maintained and functioning takes work. If a person finds it too difficult to keep up the chores, look into professional help that can assist in laundry, shopping, gardening, housekeeping, and handyman services.
Professional caregivers also assist with activities of daily living, like dressing, bathing, meal preparation, transportation, and medication adherence.
Asking for help is the surefire way of staying independent and safe at home.
Carol Marak is a contributor for the senior living and health care market. She advocates older adults and family caregivers by writing on tough topics like chronic issues, senior care and housing. Find her work at AssistedLivingFacilities.org and HomeHealthcareAgencies.com and contact Carol on LinkedIn and Carol@SeniorCareQuest.com.[gravityform id=”2″ name=”For More Information” description=”false”]