A recent New York Times article explored various options for seniors who want to stay independent, now that most people will live much longer.
“Such dilemmas are increasingly common as people live longer. The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to double to 80 million in the next three decades. People 85 and older are the fastest-growing age group; by 2020, there will be 6.6 million people in that age bracket, when rates of debilitating ailments soar.
“Most Americans over 65 will eventually need help with the so-called tasks of daily living — eating, dressing, bathing, shopping and the like. But with family members spread all over the map or unable to be full-time caregivers for other reasons, the need for new and better options will only increase.
“When asked, 80 to 90 percent of older people say they want to remain in their own homes as long as possible. …
“The challenge is all the more difficult when no one has thought through the options before a serious illness or injury makes it impossible for elders to return home without full-time help.
“Many elders living independently need outside help long before they require round-the-clock care….
“An older person living in the suburbs who can no longer drive may become isolated, lonely and at risk of malnutrition if there is no person or community service to shop for her and take her places. Even stairs are a major obstacle.”
All of this suggests that Rosener House Adult Day Services - enriched with physical, occupational, speech and music therapies, as well as nursing assistance – can help you or your loved one live at home longer, happier and healthier, sometimes for decades.
Even if you have full-time care giving assistance, the socialization and ability to “get out of the house” can be a key to staying well, both emotionally and physically. Rosener House is appropriate for both those with and without cognitive impairment, so do think in terms of all the physically limiting conditions that can be assisted just as well at our program, such as stroke, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, etc., every bit as much as for Alzheimer’s.
Please don’t wait to give Rosener House a call to see what we might be able to offer you: (650) 322-0126.
It’s a free consultation and we’re happy to help!