- Written by Barbara Bodzin, Executive Director
- Published: 27 September 2019
With advances in medicine, an increase in prevention, and more focus on fitness and diet, it’s no wonder we’re hearing “70 is the new 50” in reference to aging. Older adults are embracing their vitality and independence for longer and in different ways.
Have you witnessed, among aging family members or peers, ways that they value being independent and active? Trends we’ve observed include:
- Older adults working later into their years
- Councils on Aging offering more active programming
- Individuals and couples seeking out active living communities which have lifestyle and support options as their activity levels decrease
It’s easy, as productive adults, to take our independence for granted with little thought given to a time when we may be unable to perform the tasks that daily life requires. But the reality is that life is a progression and as we age, circumstances change, sometimes quickly. Perhaps, when there is an inkling of decline, we take stock of what our independence means to us, how we might begin to lose it, and how we can hold onto it.
My hope is that when those conversations begin with your aging parent, with your spouse, or with your adult children, that LifePath will come to mind as a resource, and perhaps much more.
In the National Organization on Aging (NCOA) 2019 survey, half of the elders who responded are worried about losing their independence (54%) and declining physical health (64%). As those basic worries set in, it can be difficult to know where to turn. My hope is that when those conversations begin with your aging parent, with your spouse, or with your adult children, that LifePath will come to mind as a resource, and perhaps much more.
One universal truth that has been proven to our staff time and again is that people feel most comfortable aging in place, whenever possible. Even as we are living longer and more actively, there will always be need for the programs and services LifePath provides. LifePath puts into place individualized supports which allow for safety and enhanced health so that a person’s sense of independence is not lost. Our goal is for those we serve to feel as though they are aging gracefully, with the dignity and respect they’ve earned and deserve. When the time comes, let us be there for you.