Using Eastern philosophy for something as pragmatic as aging in place (or increasing your portfolio) may not have been its original intent, but the transferable application is worth exploration. Spiritual enlightenment is a noble endeavor, and so is remaining independent at home; both can be achieved through mindful meditation and yoga practices. We will continue to explore the cross-pollination applications of Eastern philosophy and Western application in the coming weeks.
Regardless of whether you embrace Friedan’s theories, the fact is aging is mainly a women’s issue because of longevity advantages—whatever the cause/s. This should get women thinking about the future, and thinking outside the box about aging in place options…
The paradox is that in order to stay the same, that is aging in place, you must embrace change: the aging body and the accompanying modifications to the built environment to accommodate it.
The longevity revolution is so recent and so dramatic, that it is estimated that of all the human beings who have ever lived to be 65 years of age or older, half are currently alive today.
Why is that? You may ask…
1. Decreased Infant Mortality at Birth
2. Decreased Morbidity from Infectious Diseases with Anti-biotic treatments
3. Improved Nutrition
The threats to aging in place are many, from falls to unforgiving obstacles in the built environment; most can be addressed by planning and follow through. But there are those that come out of left-field, unexpected and truly inhumane, targeting decent and trusting older adults. Protect the ones you love—Talk to your folks, remind them about scams, not to instill fear, but to empower them to continue to live in home at peace.
American Society on Aging Applied: Small Steps Big Message Aging in place is, and always has been, contextual—that is, it happens in community. Those who narrowly define the concept to four walls are an essentially limiting the eco-system in which human aging occurs.
Those of us in the field of aging in place are really in the business of changing human behavior.
Aging in Place with The Purposeful Home
Stadler reminds us that growing old at home is the preferred option and that anything less is considered "giving up."
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The EP model was developed by the country's first environmental gerontologist, M. Powell Lawton and is a monumental contribution to aging and the home environment. The EP model is fundanetally depicting ADAPTAION;