To counter some of this, the clinical setting is shifting and in the near future much of the care will be given in the home with the help of emerging technologies. This is important because I’ve often told patients throughout the years the faster you get home the less you will be exposed to hospital-acquired infections; one of the strongest arguments for aging in place.
we feel so strongly about aging in place and so love being home; a place for letting our guard down and self-expression.
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.
The model for success in later life, according to author Marc Freedman (Prime Time, 1999) was the emergence of a mass leisure class and Sun City-like retirement. For some, age-segregated and leisure oriented living is fine, for others it's outdated.
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 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.
The second however is more surprising; the degree of complexity in one’s daily behavior.
“We live in a world that will never be young again.”
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.