With more people moving away from their homes for better opportunities, today’s families tend to be further apart than ever before. But when the parents living at a distance begin to show signs that they are no longer able to care for themselves or handle the responsibilities of day-to-day living, ensuring their continued well-being can pose a significant challenge for their adult children.
Who does not love their home sweet home and especially if you ask an elderly, they have spent a good number of years there and are habituated to it, the environment, the familiarity, etc. The freedom and dignity that comes from staying in your own home, the ability to make your own decisions, the maintenance of friendships and community ties are a few reasons behind why it is a good idea to stay at your own home while you grow old.
One of the most common sources of worry and tension for elderly aging in place is the fear of falling. Falls can result in disabling injuries for seniors, causing loss of independence and impacting the quality of their lives. According to sources every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
Aging is a time of transition. It happens naturally, but aging well takes careful planning. For many thousands of years, mankind has wondered when old age began. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, life spans in India started steadily rising, from 32 years to 66.2 years. This is majorly due to availability of a vast array of drugs in the market.
Simplifying yourself and your life is always a positive step ahead and it is never too late for it. It not only means simplifying it emotionally and psychologically, but also de-cluttering our surroundings and environment. This is specially important when we have elders around. Here are some points why it is healthier for us to own fewer material things in the golden years.
Losing a spouse is one of the most painful experiences one can go through. You may feel completely numb, or in shock; the world may pause around you. Losing a loved one changes your entire life, especially when the loved one was also your best friend. You may feel lost and stuck, uncomfortable making even the most minor of decisions. But your life does not stop there; many things have to be handled and closed which the surviving spouse may find overwhelming.
Mr. Rathore is an independent senior who lives alone in his house. His children are settled abroad and his wife passed away few years back. He is fond of gardening and spends a lot of time looking after his plants. One day he was watering his garden and suddenly got distracted by a phone call. He rushed to answer the phone and he slipped and had a fall. He tried his best to get up and reach out for help but failed. His attendant was out to purchase some groceries. No primary caregiver was available at home. Who is going to help him during this emergency?
Senior citizens are an extremely vulnerable section of the population globally. Vulnerability means not having adequate safeguards or being at risk. Broadly, vulnerability among the senior citizens can be emotional, physical, financial and social. Thus, it is extremely necessary to protect the elderly from such vulnerabilities in order to lead a happy and safe life.
No other quote could have summarized the essence of preplanning for emergencies. A crisis or accident never comes announced. It can happen to anyone at any given time and our seniors are no exception. A sudden fall from the bed or in the bathroom, chest pain, difficulty in breathing or a stroke are some of the situations that can happen to any elderly. Seniors may not always have somebody around them and thus, it becomes all the more crucial for being well prepared for the unforeseen situations and uncertainties.