Choice for the New Millennium: Aging at Home

As we age, issues present themselves which challenge our ability to be independent. Health issues in particular can become so burdensome as to require full-time care in a nursing home. There are alternatives to nursing-home care. For seniors and their caregivers, aging at home is becoming an increasingly popular mode of elder care.

Aging at Home is a Healthy Option

Staying at home with appropriate support for daily living tasks,

PREVENTION IS KEY TO AVOIDING FALLS FOR SENIORS WHO LIVE ALONE

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three seniors over the age of 65 will fall every year. Falls in the home are statistically the #1 reason a senior will end up needing home care assistance that they did not otherwise think they would need. Injuries from these falls are often worsened because of already poor health,

PROVIDING CARE TO A LOVED ONE IS A FULL-TIME JOB FOR MANY SENIORS…

Millions of seniors in America are working full time, but they’re not working in an office or a factory, and they’re not receiving paychecks. Instead, they are working full time in their own homes, caring for an aging family member.
According to a Johns Hopkins University study, family members ages 65 to 74 years are working more than 30 hours a week to care for their loved ones,

SENIOR TREND: FEWER CHOOSE NURSING HOMES IN FAVOR OF AGING AT HOME OPTIONS

According to the National Nursing Home Survey, the rate of individuals age 65 years and older who chose nursing home care has declined 35%. Instead, these seniors chose other forms of care that allow them to age safely and independently in their own homes.

Do you wonder how you can afford a senior home care plan on a fixed budget?

CAREGIVER BURNOUT – 5 CONDITIONS THAT DETERMINE THE STRESS OF ELDER CARE

Caregiver burnout is becoming more and more real for many families across America.
As the baby boomer generation has aged, medicine and technology have become so advanced that many people are living well into their 90’s. Before, elderly people died earlier so care giving was required for only a few years; many families could handle that.

THE FACE OF CARE GIVING IN THE U.S.

You probably know someone just like her. Today’s family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who juggles her career, her kids, and her household. She also provides nearly 20 hours a week of unpaid care to her parents for almost five years.
According to a recent AARP report, family members in the United States are providing $450 billion worth of unpaid care services every year.

SENIORS CAN FEEL LIKE THEY ARE A BURDEN

As seniors get older and lose their independence, they can start to feel like a burden to everyone around them. Over time, they lose the ability to do simple things like drive to the store, lift a box from the floor, place items on a shelf, or even walk out to get the mail. They can begin to withdraw from the world around them because they feel like they can never do anything without asking for help.

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