A winning effort begins with preparation.
Aging in Place
As the creator and manager of aginginplace.com I get daily requests and pitches from individuals and organizations involved in aging issues ranging from home remodeling to anti-aging skin creams. Most solicitations don’t get my attention, however every once in a while an idea of merit comes along. The following email was sent to my inbox, and it brings up a potential aging-in-pace topic that was not on my radar:
The Story Behind the Story
GrantMakers in Aging is a membership organization of philanthropist with the mission of improving the experience of aging. In an informative article titled; Disasters, Older Adults and Philanthropy, by Jennifer W. Campbell, the author provides compelling statistics on what she calls “the story behind the story.” Riveting headlines report unthinkable human tragedy with devastating damage to property and nature. Video images of able-bodied people fleeing flooded streets are often spread on social media. But it’s the older adult who is rendered infinitely more vulnerable and is more likely to perish in disasters than any other groups.
Potential reasons are these:
- Unable or reluctant to mobilize quickly
- Historic memories of lived-through Experience = Anchoring Effect (senior may have lived through a natural disaster and thinks this next one will be similar–when in fact it may not)
- Chronic Conditions can quickly deteriorate (stress, medications not available)
- House-bound cut off from help (invisible and often isolated)
When considering your aging-in-place strategy it’s advisable to consider not just rails, ramps, and technology–but also being prepared for natural or man-made disasters…the story behind the story. A simple thing like a generator for standby power makes life-saving sense.
RedCross: Be Informed-Build a Kit-Make a Plan