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Promoting independence in the elderly is an important factor to help maintain a healthy mindset and a sense of purpose. As one ages, certain changes and modifications may need to be implemented to make sure that safety concerns are addressed. However, this does not need to mean a complete loss of independence and full dependency on others. There are lifestyle choices to make now that can help ensure that you continue to live as independently as possible as you age.
It is important to have a positive attitude about aging. Know that you may have to make some changes to live safely, but they do not have to take away your independence. Some changes may include making modifications to your lifestyle and your home to promote safety. This may involve safety proofing your bathroom with non-slip floors, hand rails in the shower, and wearing a safety alarm in case you fall.
You may also choose to downsize your home, including moving to a community that will reduce some of your home caretaking responsibilities.
Incorporating healthy activities into your daily routine can help you maintain your independence as you grow older.
Maintaining independence as your age is achievable. It just takes a little planning, healthy lifestyle, and knowing that it’s ok to ask for some help when needed.
For information on care and services that can help seniors maintain their independence, please call Abramson Care Advisors at 215.371.3400. A senior care expert is available to talk, free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.