Friday, January 09, 2015

The Golden Years: Staying Independent as You Age

As we age, some difficult questions begin to surface for ourselves and our families. It

becomes increasingly challenging to live like we used to, and it’s best to make some

decisions early on regarding how you prefer to age and resources that may be necessary

to help you age gracefully and with dignity. Many people dread the loss of their

independence and allowing others to take care of them. The good news is that lots of

resources are now available to help people maintain their independence. Here are a few

that may help.

Stay In Your Home Longer

Pride mobility offers a variety of resources that may help you stay in your home longer,

including power lift chairs and wheelchair ramps. These items can help you navigate

your home with the same ability you have now and help prevent injury if stairs are

becoming increasingly difficult. If you’ve spent a lot of time and effort making your

home a comfortable, happy place to live, it’s important to enjoy it as long as possible.

Invest in a few resources that will help you do that.

Stay Connected

It’s easier than ever to stay closely connected with your loved ones in case something

tragic happens to you. Many companies make emergency jewelry that contacts your

loved ones if you fall and can’t reach a phone. It’s important for your own peace of mind

and your family’s peace of mind for you to have some plans and contingencies in place

to stay safe and healthy in your independence. Investigate what communication devices

may work best for you and others.

Get Outside

As we age and health declines, going outside becomes more difficult, and we spend the

majority of our lives indoors. For your own health and well-being, it’s important to get

outside. If you have difficulty walking long distances, a travel scooter may be a great

investment for you, as it will allow you to get out to meet new people, breathe fresh air,

and go places you might not otherwise go on your own.

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