The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. -Leo Tolstoy Aging in Place I’m frequently asked to endorse so-called “products for Aging in place,” in fact, every week I come across a new high-tech snake-oil device with lots of hype but little substance. *REMINDER ROSIE is different…I got to know Gary Rotman, Inventor and Founder of Life […]
1. Be aware of several shifts: 2 MEGA TRENDS
A. The Demographic Transition to Older / Sicker (chronic conditions; 2 patients = 66 CoMorbidities); Don’t cure diseases only manage them over long periods–goal is to “compress morbidity”
B. Care setting is moving from the clinic/hospital to the home (LTC at home) with aging in place
Working Definition of Aging in Place:
The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. –CDC
I was reading an article by Meg Brown (February 11, 2015) about a new study led by Iowa State University concerning older adults living in rural states who are at risk due to lack of access to resources they need.
It’s called “Legend’s Landing” an assisted living center for aging Hall of Fame football players. “It’s part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers whose bodies — and possibly brains — have been bruised by the game,” says David Baker, President of the Football Hall of Fame. Social Gerontologist, Ed Rosenberg who studies athletes in transition, thinks the Hall of Fame retirement center has some merit.
From The Gerontologist published October 7, 2011, I read a research article title: The Meaning of “Ageing in Place” to Older People. The study was an attempt to illuminate the concept of “ageing in place” in terms of functional, symbolic, and emotional attachments and meanings of homes, neighborhoods, and communities (p.1). The researchers were attempting to get at the heart of how older people understand the meaning of “ageing in place.”
Aging in Place
At the end of each year I think deeply about who influenced me over the past year concerning my purpose of helping others with Aging in Place. This year’s group is different from those of the past because it includes not just individuals, but groups too (including relatives); and there is even a NEGATIVE influencer this year as well. As always I wish to include a disclaimer–the list is not meant to be exhaustive, in fact, it often falls sort. But if you feel you’ve had an impact and I’ve left you out–please make contact and set me straight!
3 Basic Requirements for a Visitability Home:
ZERO Step Entrance into the house; front, back, or side
Doors with at least 32 inch Clear Passage into the House
One Bathroom on the Main floor with Wheelchair Access