Is having the ability to live in your own home and community safely, independently and comfortably something you desire for yourself? Personally, this is a primary goal of mine and I’m passionate about coaching others on how to maintain their health and functional strength to the greatest extent possible as they, inevitably, grow older. Aging in Place is the ability to live in your own home for as long as you can and it is something that you work on starting right now, no matter your current age.
What are some obstacles to Aging in Place? What are some reasons that individuals must leave their homes for Assisted Living or Long-Term Care facilities?
- Poor Eyesight and/or Hearing
- Reduced Muscle Mass/ Less Strength
- Diminished endurance and stamina
- Increased risk of accidents due to bone fragility, poor balance, loss of strength
- Decreased mobility and agility
- Decreased flexibility
The above-listed obstacles compromise our ability to perform Basic Activities of Daily Living.
- Ability to move (walk) from one place to another as you go through daily routines
- Getting in and out of bed
- Getting in and out of a chair
- Showering/ Bathing
- Personal hygiene. Oral, skin and hair care.
- Getting dressed
- Preparing meals including cleaning up after meals; shopping for groceries
In order to successfully and safely live independently, we must have the functional capacity to perform the Basic Activities of Daily Living. What can we be doing now to help ensure that we can be as functionally strong as possible as we age no matter what age we are currently? Obviously, the sooner we start the better off we will be, but it is never too late to work on these things:
- Improve and Maintain your overall Functional Strength and Muscle Mass
- Improve your Flexibility, Mobility, Balance and Coordination
- Maintain and Improve your Cognitive Health
- Improve your Cardiovascular Fitness
Exercise, Nutrition, Hydration, Social interaction and Mental stimulation are areas to focus on and are things that we can do, right now. Watch for my upcoming blog posts for real-life, realistic things you can start implementing to help yourself live a happier, healthier and more independent life. There are many things in life that we cannot control. However, there are many things that we can. Let’s focus on those.
Stay Healthy. Be Strong. Get After It.