Archive for August, 2012

We Get Older, We Get Happier – Early Study Shows.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

 

A national telephone survey of 2,250 Americans over age 60, the “United States of Aging,” reports that among those over age 70, 49 percent “thought that over the next five to 10 years, their ‘overall quality of life’—finances, mental and physical health, recreation, family situation” would stay the same.

Twenty-three percent thought it would improve.

Perhaps this “optimism” is a surprise. But according to “Among Many Aging Americans, Surprising Optimism,” a NYT article by Paula Span, “social scientists have known for years that older people, freed from the midlife stresses of work and child rearing, become happier.”

“They call it the U-shaped curve: life satisfaction is greatest in people’s youth and then again in old age.”

Says David J. Ekerdt, a University of Kansas gerontologist: “You’re seeing resilience…You’re seeing the way we adjust our frames of reference to continue to assert, ‘I’m the kind of person who’ll be O.K.’”

And according to Dr. Karl Pillemer, director of the Legacy Project, “[t]here are developmental processes that occur as part of aging that make people more positive.” As Span adds, “[m]any studies show that older people are better able to regulate their emotions, to focus on sources of pleasure, to maintain equanimity.”

While there is still much thought about the report’s implications, the polling company that conducted the report, Penn Schoen Berland, has announced that it will repeat the poll annually. Thus, the company will be able to see if the poll participants’ outlooks change over time, and whether they become more positive, stay the same, or turn negative.

As Span concludes, “[o]ver time, we’ll get to see how older people feel about their futures as they step further into them.”

 

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Living At Home For As Long As You Can- We Want That, Too.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

On August 6, U.S. News & World Report contributing editor, Philip Moeler published an article called, “10 Things Aging Americans Want.”

The crux of the article is that when it comes to senior care issues, Moeler says, “the best way to ‘think big’ may just be to ‘go small,’ by focusing on specific and relatively affordable changes.”

And he’s right.

There are several items on the list that struck a chord—ones related to healthcare and a geriatric lifestyle at home. As Moeler asserts, “[b]y consistent nine-to-one margins, people want to stay in their homes and age in place in their later years.” Walkable neighborhoods are important. So Is Universal design, to “enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their homes as they age.”

But one thing that stuck out most on that list was Home-based healthcare.

“This is one of our most promising win-win opportunities. Institutional care is expensive and often unappealing to seniors. Technology can enable delivery of high-quality care to people in their homes, producing healthier outcomes and lower healthcare costs.”

This is more than a trend; it’s a game-chaning shift in treatment practices that are evolving with the times and wants of seniors.

We’re here for you, call one our care specialists today, and let’s start a conversation. Treatment and care shouldn’t be a hassle. And it’s our goal to make sure that it isn’t.

 

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