Aging Well

Stay in Control by Planning Housing Choices

Nothing evokes the same emotional response as the meaning of home. For me, it is the safe haven from the world, where I go to be restored and renewed.  Right now, I am in good health and I am able to handle the physical work that comes with my home and 10 acres of wooded property. But in a few years, I imagine I will feel differently and perhaps overwhelmed thinking about my next move.

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What Really Matters as we Age in Community

It’s pretty basic. When older adults are asked what they value, their primary need is food. And next on the short list is transportation, followed by maintenance on their homes if they intend to remain independent, “aging in place”. I prefer the expression “aging in community, with support”.

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Preventing the Injury that Changes Everything

I remember getting the call: “Dad fell”. And the sinking feeling that this was the beginning of the end. Unfortunately, I was right and he died five months later due to additional complications. As we all know, a fall can change everything as we age.

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The Best Gift Ever

My mother passed away a year ago. We five siblings were lucky that she and my father, who died 8 years before, had the foresight to have their “affairs in order”. A family trust. Wills. Life insurance. All organized in notebooks in my father’s closet. It sounds business-like, I know. But the real gift was that we could direct our energies toward planning their joint memorial service instead of the thrash of looking for documents needed to settle their estates.

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Don’t Let Vision Loss Impact Your Independence

As we age, we endure a number of losses, both physical and psychological. I personally cannot imagine the loss of sight and count myself blessed to have good vision according to my latest exam. Of course my good fortune could change at any time, and if so, I will count myself blessed again to have the support of the programs of Vision Loss Resources.

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