Aging in the Community

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Aging in the Community by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence

Diane Strommer referred to a very interesting report, “Finding the Frame: An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism,”  which counters perceptions broadly held about aging with some of the realities, and discusses the ways in which we need to reframe our conversations to give a more accurate and positive view of aging—and Improve our public policies related to aging. Instead of “Aging in Place,” we older adults are “Aging in the Community.”

To remain in their own homes is the desire of most older adults, but member Jerianne Berman reminded us that there were a number of things required to do so and to maintain a good quality of life. Suggestions come from the National Council on Aging.  Most importantly we need to have the financial resources resources to provide assistance when it is needed, to make modification in our homes, and to enable us to have the transportation so we can avoid social isolation and loneliness. Useful for anyone planning to remain in their homes is a checklist available on-line from AARP, “Is Your Home Fit.” A company in Rhode Island visited by member Ronda Umphrey, specializes in home designs and modifications for older adults.

Jerianne reminded us of the usefulness of the techenhancedlife.com and its “useful apps” club, which offers excellent information about a variety of apps, some of which can enhance one’s quality of life.

 

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