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Helping an Older Adult Age Independently

February 28th, 2023 | Anna Hinen

For many of us staying in our own homes as we age is what we prefer. People report the desire to remain independent and others say the reason they want to stay at home is due to their level of comfort. Whatever the driving factor, according to a survey conducted by AARP 77% of adults over the age of 50 want to remain in their own homes for the long term.

Despite this desire, the reality of aging brings along challenges we haven’t had to face before. Chores like cleaning, cooking and laundry are threatened due to decreased mobility as our bodies age. And, more personal aspects of daily living like bathing and dressing may get more difficult depending on the layout and accessibility of certain areas of our homes. Fortunately, there are many ways to support an older loved one who wishes to age in place.

Here are some ideas for helping an older adult age independently:

By offering your support to an aging loved one who wishes to remain in their own home, you can have a positive impact on their mental health and overall well-being. Remember that despite your efforts, it is crucial to your loved one’s safety that you recognize when it is no longer safe for them to continue aging in place.

Signs it may be time for assistance:

  • They have a significant decline in their mental or physical health.

  • They are not able to take their medications as directed.

  • They are confused or extremely forgetful.

  • They cannot get around the house safely or get help in an emergency.

If you notice your loved one showing any of these signs, it may be time to have a conversation about types of assisted living. Read our “Signs Your Loved One Needs Help” post for tips on how to start this conversation.

With appropriate planning and monitoring, you can easily support your aging loved one so they can remain safe and independent in the community for as long as possible. If you are struggling and need help with information and resources, Just Call Us at Aging & In-Home Services! As the premier resource for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers in northeast Indiana, we are your community connection to referrals throughout the community. 260-745-1200


Anna Hinen

ADRC Supervisor

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