We are aged more by culture than by chromosomes. -Margaret Morganroth Gullette Aged by...
I have taken care of many patients with alcohol-caused diseases that eventually lead to brain damage and early institutionalization (A REAL THREAT TO AGING IN PLACE).
Here's where Aging in Place and Negative Visualization come into play; visualize losing your independence (the unthinkable) and reflect on how much you would miss it. Know that the Ancient Stoic Philosophers saw their role a guides to the Good Life and Negative Visualization was the most powerful tool to the goal. Thinking about loss can lead to a better life now.
The aging population in general, and aging boomer women specifically (niche), will provide unlimited opportunity for savvy-trend-aware entrepreneurs; particularly women who know what other women want and need. Goods and services will need to be taken to aging boomer women in suburbia—and who better do provide it than someone who has walked a mile in your shoes…
Aging in place
When (and if) you ask yourself: “What’s my future going to look like?” And in your mind’s eye it looks like it does now, you’re at risk for Hyper-habituation, stagnation, and development may be sacrificed at the altar of the illusion of stability.
The Benefits of Senior-to-Senior Peers
1.Credibility: A 75 year old is more likely to listen to another 75 year old about advice (aging as shared experience)
2.If I Can do it so Can You: Self-efficacy is key in gerontology, just knowing someone not unlike yourself was successful can increase your confidence to take on the task of aging in place
3.On Going Support: Seniors have time to help other seniors = Purpose
4.A Source of Environmental Press: Peer-to-Peer mentoring will keep aging brains engaged
5.Cohort Effect: Seniors have served in wars, raised children, retired, lost friends, nurtured grandchildren, fought through health issues, etc…They share the same life experiences as a group = Trust
6.Senior Peers insights: Seniors know what it’s like to be old and the challenges of living at home, obstacles easily identified on home assessments
7.Sensitivity to Aesthetics: Seniors know what’s important in making a house a home for the older adults
8.Access: Seniors have access to other seniors in church, senior centers, the gym, community centers
9.Tie to Existing Programs serving Seniors: For example, Meals-on-Wheels would be a perfect Trojan Horse to an aging-in-place home assessment
10.Recruitment: Seniors could recruit other seniors to be Peer-to-Peer Aging in Place consultants
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The underlying assumption with "aging in place" is that older people are capable of remaining home by choice.
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FabCabs are pre-fabricated environmentally-friendly accessory dwelling units (granny-flats) made for aging in place. These small homes are beautiful, low maintance, energy efficient and universally designed to respond to people’s changing needs. The FabCab is the kind of innovative design which opens up all kinds of solutions in response to the question:
"Where am I going to move to?"
Think of the possibilities…
Aging in place can be a lonely proposition for many older adults. One way to solve this is to have a pet.