AGING IN PLACE: 5 REASONS WHY IT IS A BOON TO BOOMERS
There is no place like home. The one place where we are at our most happy and comfortable is in our own homes. This feeling becomes stronger as people age. Research shows that more than 90% of seniors and boomers prefer to stay at home during their golden years.
Everyone has a different experience with ageing. For some seniors who need full-time care, staying at home might not be the best option. However, in most cases, ageing in place is the best lifestyle for boomers and their family caregivers. Ageing in place is the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
Here are 5 reasons why aging in place is a boon for boomers and how it affects their mental and physical health:
1. Allows boomers to keep their independence
Elderly people lose the ability to perform certain tasks as they age and hence, fear losing their independence. Freedom and independence play an important part in helping boomers maintain their mental and emotional health. Staying in their own home and doing daily tasks themselves can help boost their self-esteem, keep them busy, make them feel content and more motivated.
2. Safest and healthiest option for seniors
As people age, they become more susceptible to mental and physical problems. However, staying in their own homes can still be the safest and healthiest environment for seniors. A healthy environment is extremely important for a healthy lifestyle and thus, unless necessary, they should live in their own home. With the addition of a few gadgets, you could make life easier for seniors and ensure a safe and healthy environment for them.
3. Maintains familiarity and comfort among boomers
According to author Mary Shelley, “Nothing is as painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” One of the major things boomers and seniors want is to live their later years comfortably and peacefully. Living in their family home where they’ve been for many years maintains a level of familiarity and comfort in all aspects. They know their neighbours, the nearest grocery/ pharmacy stores, parks, and are very well adapted to the weather. Boomers are used to a certain way of living. Disrupting that could increase stress and lead to depression and anxiety.
4. Allows the elderly to be close to their loved ones
Being close to loved ones can greatly affect the mental health of the elderly. Being able to contact their family and friends whenever needed gives seniors peace of mind and reduces their stress levels. Mental health issues are best handled by being around people you care about and doing things you love in your own time and space. Knowing that your loved ones are just a phone call away makes boomers feel cared for and valued. This could help deal with anxiety, make them feel relaxed and boost their confidence.
5. Provides a more cost-effective solution
Ageing in place is not only the safest and healthiest but also the most economical option for boomers. A lot of seniors own their homes and do not need to pay a mortgage. But trying to find buyers for the house and moving to a new place requires time, effort, and money. Why go through all that when you can live peacefully and comfortably in your own home by making certain modifications which will be much easier on the cost. An affordable and perfectly safe home environment can be made for the elderly which could increase their standard of living.
Ageing in place helps seniors continue to follow a healthy lifestyle while providing them with the safety they need, the independence they wish for, the family they love and the comfort they deserve.
In all sense, ageing in place is a boon for boomers. Remaining at home during their golden years can help boomers experience the very best of life and provide peace of mind to them as well as their families.
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