The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age, income or ability level.”
I want to live in my own home until the very end. The thought of having to leave my home to live somewhere unfamiliar at a time when I should be enjoying my family and my home where I’ve experienced so many of life’s adventures makes me sad. Unfortunately, that will be the case for the 1.4 million people who are in long-term care facilities. I understand there often comes a time when due to cognitive changes or severe physical disability that families are unable to care for their loved ones and it is necessary to place them in a facility for their own safety but… I don’t want to be one of the statistics.
Now is the time to make home modifications to ensure that one can remain safely at home for the long term. It’s the time to gain, then maintain the strength, endurance and balance needed to remain safe, independent and able to get around the community. Baby boomers are reaching retirement age and are demanding more resources to age in place. And people are listening. There is a growing number of service-oriented businesses that are specializing in the needs of our aging population. There is a number of on-line resources. Just google “aging in place” and you will see what I mean.
I’m glad to know that our current culture is moving more toward keeping our aging adults at home. The trend is there and resources are available. Now is the time to take the information and do something with it.
It is my goal that all aging adults in our community will have knowledge of and access to effective programs and services that improve their mobility, lower their risk of falls and allow them to successfully age in place.
Let Bring it Home PT and Fitness Training help you identify your specific needs and walk with you in your journey to Age Well!