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;
If we act now, the future will be a more age-friendly one. And he adds, that with modest expenditures to extend the years of aging in place for seniors and baby boomers, we can save money for individuals, families, and society.
It's widely known that a rich social life is a health protectant in old age. It is also known that aging can lead to isolation. This topic is so essential to successful aging in place that I can modified my motto for Longevity to read: