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 For some, age-segregated and leisure oriented living is fine, for others it's outdated.
So two ideas have been established with the maiden voyage of this blog: 1. As a society...
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.