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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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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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Creating Community from Addiction

This statistic from AARP got my attention: 17% of adults aged 60 and older have a drug or alcohol problem, compared to 10% of the overall population. But beyond the statistic, here is a real person’s story from our community. She is a 76 year old grandmother with a loving and supportive family. As she struggled with being the sole caregiver for her husband who had suffered a series of debilitating strokes and dementia, she turned to drinking. She often drank more than she planned and started not remembering phone conversations with her family.

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When Being Attractive is a Disadvantage

Older adults have many opportunities as they age. If they have the means (both financially and health wise), they can travel, volunteer, explore interests or pursue hobbies. But the sad reality is that con artists can take away those opportunities in a heartbeat.

According to a study conducted by AARP, consumers lose billions of dollars every year to various kinds of fraud. People over 50 years of age are especially vulnerable and account for more than half of all victims. Let’s face it: older adults tend to have more savings at their disposal and higher credit ratings, making them more attractive targets than many other demographics. 

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Aging Independently, at Home

As Americans, we prize our independence. So it isn’t much of a surprise to learn that nearly 90% of people over age 65 want to live at home for as long as possible, according to a 2011 AARP survey. However, according to research by the AARP, a significant number of seniors who should be receiving assisted living care services remain living at home, alone. Even if older adults begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most (82 percent) would prefer to stay in their homes.  Only a few express a preference for moving to a facility where care is provided (9 percent) or for moving to a relative’s home (4 percent).

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