Making a plan for aging in place

Ask The Experts byMarianne Garascia and Cynthia Shields

Q: My father is hoping to remain in his home for as long as he can. What are some things I can do to help him prepare to stay there safely and mostly self-sufficiently?

A: The term for the future you and your father are planning for is Aging in Place. In order to accomplish this, you’ll need to plan ahead and consider all the factors.

His health (mental and physical), finances, transportation, care options, support systems, home design, etc. should all be taken into account when building a plan and making this choice. In addition, you’ll have to talk with your father about what his choices would be in the event of future financial decisions, illness, injury or housing transitions.)

Having these decisions made in advance helps deal with any issues you might encounter down the road to ease some of the burdens you and your family will experience.

As of 2000, there were approximately 35 million Americans over the age of 65. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 there will be approximately 71.5 million Americans over 65, representing nearly 20% of the entire projected U.S. population in 2030. Aging in Place is becoming a necessity, but done improperly, can be very difficult and challenging for all members of the family.

Mariane Garascia is a social worker and Cynthia Shields is a nurse practitioner. Both are with the Wilson Center: Senior Resources for Independent Living. Located in the St. John Medical Center, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Campus, the Wilson Center is designed to enhance the quality of life for older adults experiencing functional and physical changes related to aging. Both presenters can be reached at 313-264-6460.

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Aging in Place

May 16, 2018
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