With the millions of people helping care for their aging parents and the 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the U.S., there is about to be an incredible need nationally for care of some kind to help seniors and their families.
I hope in spite of recent news about a Pew Research study that says Americans don’t think that aging is a major problem, people will get the help they need. I also hope that soon others who aren’t really ready to retire, start thinking about their futures and start planning early to be ready.
One great thing you can do for your future
There is one thing that you can do for your future starting right now: educate yourself.
Not just about aging in place; about you. Really start to dig into what you might experience as you grow older and the challenges you may face. Start thinking about aging more holistically and come to grips with the fact that your needs today are different than your needs will be at 65, 72 or 81. Figure out what options you have and then build a plan for yourself.
Ancillary to that, your planning will have an affect in your community. Your preparation will not only help you maintain your quality of life as you grow older and reduce the burden on your family, it also will keep you from being dependent on the local care system, and allow it to decide your future or well-being.
So, why not get started? Read about some of the basic concepts of aging in place. Explore ideas to make your home more safe and comfortable. Then, branch out. Talk to a Certified Senior Advisor, an Elder Law Attorney and a Certified Financial Planner about building a plan. Learn as much as you can, and get yourself ready. Your quality of life when you’re older depends on it.
Oh, and when you’re done … spread the word to your neighbors, family and friends. Encourage them to do the same.