Living in Place

Common Misconceptions and Actions to Take Now

Do not let falsehoods make you fear growing old

Common Misconceptions and Actions to Take NowDo not let falsehoods make you fear growing old
There are many misconceptions that come with old age. While it may seem like accidents in the home are inevitable, they are completely preventable if the proper steps are taken to avoid mishaps. Growing old does not mean your life will stop! Here are some common myths about aging:

  • The older you get, the more brain power you lose.
    The reality is that brain power in the elderly can actually increase. Physical exercise and brain strengthening games are great ways to improve your thinking.3
  • Aging means carrying multiple health conditions.
    Growing old does not mean you have to lose your independence or health. Proper exercise, eating habits, and social life can aid you in living a lifestyle with minimal health concerns.3
  • Being of old age means being less active.
    Even in retirement, the senior community can live a very active lifestyle as grandparents, caregivers, volunteers and regular socialites.4
  • Most elderly people are senile.
    Actually, the majority of elderly people (80%) live completely normal lives and participate in regular activities.4

It is clear that most aging-in-place homeowners can live a long, healthy and normal life. While tragic incidents or health concerns are not inevitable, it is important to address any unforeseen possibilities for an accident. Here are some things you can do in your home right now to ensure functional and safe living:

Begin by printing out this handy questionnaire from AARP, and walk through your home as you answer each question1 http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/is-your-home-livable.html

After you fill out your questionnaire, consider making some simple changes to your home accessibility:2

  • Replace door knobs with pull handles for comfort.
  • Install grab bars in areas where you may need assistance with balance, like bathrooms or stairways.
  • Secure loose carpeting or rugs to avoid tripping.

You may want to consider larger remodeling projects, such as:2

  • Installing a wheelchair ramp
  • Installing accessible light switches and shelving
  • Remodeling kitchen counter seating height

Citations

  1. Communities, AARP Livable. “Home Fit Questionnaire – AARP Home Fit Guide – AARP.” AARP. N.p., Feb. 2015. Web. 01 Dec. 2016.
  2. “Home Improvement Assistance.” Home Modifications. Administration of Aging, 28 June 2016. Web. 01 Dec. 2016.
  3. Salvesen, Marissa. “5 Common Misconceptions About Aging.” United Methodist Homes. N.p., 01 May 2014. Web. 01 Dec. 2016.
  4. Tan, Simon. “Myths of Aging.” Psychology Today. N.p., 20 Jan. 2011. Web. 01 Dec. 2016.

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