The term “aging-in-place” has entered our mainstream language about aging. Any aging-in-place strategy is unique to the individual needs of each person. As we age, familiar surroundings, friends, family, and neighbors help provide a sense of purpose, familiarity, comfort and safety. To live out those later years within the family home, as generations did before, remains the ideal.
While medical and scientific discoveries may increase our longevity, they cannot assure us, or our loved ones, of lifelong mobility, independence, or even a good memory! When faced with a social or environmental change, most of us feel unsettled, at least for a time. We adjust.
But for an elder, even the smallest change can imply a declining quality of life, a fear of the unknown, and a sense of having lost control. One reaction, for some elders, is to isolate. Isolation promotes depression and increases morbidity.
Contact Úna to discuss your family’s needs.