we feel so strongly about aging in place and so love being home; a place for letting our guard down and self-expression.
Why older adults experience polypharmacy?
- More drugs available to prescribe than in the past
- Drugs that were once only by prescription are now easy to get OTC
- Increased use of herbal therapies
- Elderly patients with more than one health condition (co-morbidities)
are likely to receive care from several healthcare providers each prescribing different meds
- Patients may purchase medications from more than one pharmacy
A recent survey by AARP, reported in the Wall Street Journal, found nearly 9 in 10 respondents said they don’t want to move, and prefer aging in place.
I think you have caught the essence of aging in every sense of the word…the constant flow of new experiences. I don’t know if you have come in contact with my Five Basic “Ingredients” for a healthy brain at ANY age. These particular five items were confirmed by experiments in our laboratory.
Applied to Aging In Place
For the boomers with aging parents or older adults themselves, knowing the stages can provide context to where the individual(s) is in terms of making change. For example say one spouse sees the need for home modification and the other doesn’t—telling someone who is in the “pre-contemplation stage" that they must go along with the changes may not work. The individual is not ready to make the changes yet.
aging in place.
Peter Pan Housing
It occurred to me that these homes/neighborhoods are what Jon Pyoons, PhD, Professor at USC Davis School of Gerontology calls “Peter Pan Housing.” The term describes housing for people who think they are never going to get old.
As our new President sets out on the dawning of the first day towards the ominous task of healing this country (and the world) expectations of a recovery are high. He has called us all to the challenge by employing our energy, talents, and gifts, to heal the broken places together.
- January 20, 2009
- By: Patrick Roden PhD
- Category: General
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I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
when company comes,
but I laugh,
and eat well,
and grow strong.
The second however is more surprising; the degree of complexity in one’s daily behavior.
Aging is not without it’s limitations…no “happy gerontology” here. Denial of aging is ubiquitous, just google anti-aging and you’ll get some 16,300,000 hits. Age-related losses are inevitable, however, exercise for me has been as close to the fountain of youth as I’ve found.