Holding On to Freedom


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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. The Home 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 housekeeping.

 

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