A recent study conducted for the National Institute of Aging found that about 22 percent of elderly Americans age 71 and older—about 5.4 million people—are already experiencing some degree of decline in their mental faculties.
By: Julie Davis
There are certain mobility issues that can’t be resolved just by using a cane or walker—notably navigating stairs. Unless the house is a ranch style, there is at least one flight of stairs—usually up to the bedroom—and quite possibly two, maybe down to a family room in the basement. Fall prevention or managing with bad knees often means avoiding stairs and that might even prompt a move to a single-story housing option. One home modification that could allow for aging in place is the installation of a stairs chair.
For elders who want to continue living independently, home safety is essential. Among the home modifications that will help keep your parent safe, be sure to focus on those that help to prevent falls. As people age, their chance of falling increases significantly, and combined with medical conditions and medications, falls are even more likely. Falls are the number one cause of unintentional home injury death, reports the Home Safety Council, accounting for 5.1 million injuries and almost 6,000 deaths each year. The vast majority of these deaths are among people 65 and older — more men than women.
The bathroom can be a treacherous place, with so many hard surfaces and sharp corners. The National Aging in Place Council recommends certain modifications for making the three key elements in your home bathroom more senior friendly.
By: Julie Davis
A version of tough love may be necessary to protect seniors and those in their path when it's no longer safe for them to drive.
At one point in time, we have all heard someone mock the commercial with the woman who has fallen and can't get up. Put the mockery aside and you may find yourself in the market for a small product that's big on peace of mind. Even if your parent is currently in good physical and mental condition, she may still benefit from a personal emergency response system (PERS). PERS transmitters are relatively unobtrusive and are worn or carried by the owner.
By: Peter Ross
Professional caregivers can safeguard seniors’ home to prevent falls and show you modifications to make in your own home for a safer senior visit.
By: Connie Hallquist
With just a small investment in time and a few dollars, you can make your home safer and more comfortable by following these do-it-yourself tips.
One of the most difficult decisions a child has to make for his or her parent is whether or not to place an aging parent in long-term care. Luckily, more and more options that allow your parent to "age in place" – live at home with the appropriate care, modifications, and push-in services – are available. There are numerous communities and agencies recognizing both the social and the economic benefits of allowing aging parents to remain in their homes.
By: Emma Dickison
Thanks in part to medical breakthroughs, Americans are living longer today than ever before. According to the US Census Bureau, people age 65 and older will represent over 18 percent of the population by the year 2030–nearly double that of today. And while a longer life expectancy is certainly something to celebrate, it is not without its challenges.
The demand for home health care aids will become more urgent in coming years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the first baby boomers turned 60 in 2006. Furthermore, they predict "the 65 and older population will grow from one in eight Americans today to one in six by 2020." Here we’ll discuss how health care aides meet this demand as well as what services they provide, the cost for those services and how someone might pay for them.
By: Julie DavisSmartphones, computers, and other new technology can connect seniors with the outside world and enhance their lives. With persistence, older people can learn to use technology.
By: Joan Garbow
Most of us want to grow old at home. Take these 10 steps to healthy aging and preserving independence.
Aging in place is a new approach to eldercare. It allows the elderly to remain in their own homes as they age, rather than having to be moved to a nursing home or assisted living facility. To enable aging in place, there are many gadgets and tools on the market that make it possible for your aging parent to remain independent and self-reliant. The gadgets assist your parent by making up for deficiencies they may have.
By: Adrian Walter-Ginzburg
Universal design refers to architectural techniques used to design and build homes that accommodate all lifestyle requirements, young and old.
Universal design homes are inviting and safe for all, enabling homeowners to remain in their homes and age in place as their needs change.
By: Steve BarlamFamilies exploring monitoring technology solutions for their senior loved ones should recognize that the very best options are those that combine technology with the human touch.
By: Al Weatherhead
I’ll begin by stating an absolute truth: Age is a state of mind.
Personalized services including healthcare technology for seniors allow for older Americans to remain independent at home.
Aging in place has grown increasingly popular throughout the country. According to an AARP survey, the overwhelming number of people say they would prefer to live out their days in their own homes.
By: Julie Davis
Thanks to a variety of factors including medical advances and nutrition and wellness programs, Americans today are living longer, healthier lives. Yet with increased life expectancy comes the need for greater resources to ensure quality senior healthcare for aging Americans.
By: Julie Davis
Aging in place is the hope of virtually every senior, and the source of worry for many of their adult children. Seniors might be fully functional for a long period of time and then, almost imperceptibly, they might start needing a little help with their activities of daily living, whether it’s remembering to take their medicine or answering the phone when you’re calling to see if they’re OK.
By: Barbara Schuh
A key decision when caring for aging parents is where to turn for in-home care. Learn about private hire, domestic referral agencies and full service companies
Once you have determined that your parent needs home and/or daily care, the next step is determining who the necessary care providers are. Generally, there are five different categories of home care providers:
As time has gone by, your aging parent may have lost some steam regarding taking care of their home, self-care, daily chores and the organization of outside help. This is an area where you can be a great help to your parent. But, depending on your parent's condition and ability to take care of him or herself, be sure to offer your assistance carefully (think suggestions and recommendations rather than demands and ultimatums.) Here are our Top Seven Tips to help you stay on top of his or her in-home needs:
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) were established in 1973 by the Older Americans Act (OAA) in response to the growing needs of America’s aging population. Since that time, AAA’s have been staunch advocates for services and resources for both aging and disabled adults.
Contact plans aren't just for emergencies anymore. Caregivers who care for the elderly in senior assisted living facilities or elderly home care scenarios should be aware of the tools and gadgets available today to help connect elders with other family members. Combat loneliness and depression with 21st century tools and technology.
Aging in place communities are locations intended to improve the quality of life for an older adult who wishes to remain in his or her own home for as long as possible. Roper Public Affairs & Media Group reports that “more than four in five (84%) persons age 50 and older strongly or somewhat agree that they would like to remain in their current residence for as long as possible.” For that livability to be a reality, however, there are factors and considerations that need to be taken into account.
Among the alternative housing options available, more seniors today are contemplating the concept of home share. Home share is exactly what the name suggests – sharing a home. People who are living on fixed incomes and want to maintain their independence while aging in place can rent out a spare bedroom in their home. This solution actually helps solve many problems. And nationwide home share organizations facilitate the process by screening potential boarders, conducting background checks and helping to find appropriate matches.
It is no surprise that, if given the choice, most of our aging parents would choose to stay at home (referred to as aging in place). Many seniors successfully age in place because their adult children and caretakers are able to provide them with home care solutions, which may include everything from a live-in companion to a nurse who checks in daily and administers medications.
Your aging parents want to continue to live in their own home as long as possible, and you want to help them do that – but you have kids of your own, a full-time job, or other demands on your time that prevent you from being your aging parents' full-time care provider. There are a wide variety of home care solutions that can be used to help them continue to live at home.