This weekend, we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of
Independence, which says that everyone is endowed with certain unalienable
rights -- namely, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and there is no
expiration date included.
But often older Americans feel their freedoms in areas like
driving and the ability to live on their own ebbing away over time. Maybe these
liberties are not as sacred as the ones mentioned by our forefathers, but they
are important nonetheless.
It is always hard to give up something we value so deeply –
particularly if we believe it to be an unalienable right. Many older Americans
have memories of their relatives “going to the old folks’ home” or “being put
out to pasture,” and they fear that making any concessions to their age is an
irreversible step in that direction.
Maybe that was the case back in the day, but things have
changed. Seniors have more options than ever, and by accepting the “new
normals” as they come along, it’s possible that the aging process can be as
rich and rewarding as any other phase of life.
Changes in their living situation and driving status are
probably two of the hardest things for many seniors to accept. At home, they
find themselves overwhelmed by the responsibility of maintaining their homes
without help. On the road, they may be putting themselves and others at risk.
Instead Action Plan for Successful Aging can help older Americans and their
families address these issues and come up with a work-around that enables them
to continue to enjoy their quality of life.
Also, knowing when to ask for help is half the battle. In
addition to family members and helpful friends and neighbors, seniors and their
families may consider employing a professional caregiver to help with things
such as transportation, medication management, meal preparation and light
For more information, please contact us!
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