AGING ALONE SUPPORT

Aging Independently

"Coincidently, it’s the baby boomers who will be driving this trend in the labor force through 2024. Some of these people will be staying in the workforce due to changes in the Social Security benefits systems. Others recognize that the retirement plans they were looking forward too may not actually meet their financial needs. Some will continue to work in an effort to stay socially engaged. While the reasons will vary one thing is certain, aging independently in America requires planning."

By Tracy John 

For Aging Well Denver

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 How to Choose a Medical Alert System

"When selecting a medical alert system, start by evaluating your loved one’s specific needs and abilities — both now and how they might change in the future. For example, if she has dementia, would she understand how to operate a system? Or is something automatic, like a fall-detection device, more appropriate? Does she have a disorder, such as aphasia, that will make communicating with a call center difficult? "

By Amy Gover

For AARP

Elder Orphans: How to Plan for Aging Without a Family Caregiver

"Consider where — and how — you might like to age. While you're still healthy, evaluate your living situation and try to make a plan. "Identify where the best place is for you to live," Carney says. "Should you move to an area that's more walkable, or has mass transportation or access to taxis?"

by Christina Ianzito

For AARP

Lift Assist -

Non Emergency Numbers

(DENVER AREA)

There is no charge for Lift Assist. Lift Assist is to be called in an individual has fallen and the caregiver needs help getting them up.

Tell the call center - "No Sirens, No Lights. Just a Non- Emergency Lift Assist"

Some areas are covered by more than on fire or police station, so you may have to call another station depending on where the individual is located.

How to Age Well and Stay in Your Home

Which raises the inevitable question: What will it take to age well in place, in the surroundings we’ve long cherished that bring us physical, social and emotional comfort? What adaptations are needed to assure our safety and comfort and relieve our children’s legitimate concerns for our welfare?

Of course, aging in place is not for everyone. Some seniors may prefer to leave the dwelling long shared with a now-gone partner. Some may want the security of knowing that physical and medical assistance is but a bell-ring away. Others may simply be fed up with having to care for a home.

By Jane E. Brody 

For The New York TImes