The first authoritative and comprehensive guide to "aging in place"--a burgeoning movement for those who don't want to rely on assisted living or nursing home care--which allows seniors to spend their later years living comfortably, independently, and in their own home or community.
For millions of Americans, living in a nursing home or assisted living facility is not how they’d prefer to spend their retirement years. This is why more and more people are choosing to “age in place.”
In this empowering and indispensable book, clinical psychologists and aging specialists Mary Languirand and Robert Bornstein teach readers how, with planning and foresight, they can age with dignity and comfort in the place of their own choosing. How to Age in Place offers useful, actionable advice on financial planning; making your home physically safe; getting around; obtaining necessary services; keeping a healthy mind, body, and spirit; and post-retirement employment. A necessary resource for seniors, their adult children, and eldercare professionals, How to Age in Place is both a practical roadmap and inspirational guide for the millions of seniors who want to make their own decisions and age well.
Psychologists Languirand and Bornstein (When Someone You Love Needs a Nursing Home, Assisted Living or In-Home Care) penned this guide after concluding that there was no comprehensive, user-friendly book that addressed postretirement living, which may mean remaining in one s own home or moving to a new residence where one can live (and age) as independently as possible. In easy-to-navigate chapters, the authors cover topics including finances (IRAs, annuities); services (health care and accessible shopping); and housing options (including how to retrofit for future needs). While part one ( Making It Work ) focuses on the nuts and bolts of setting a stage for secure retirement, part two ( Making It Count ) presents options for retirees, such as taking a course, volunteering, or even writing a book. Although the book s tone is cheerful, readers should be prepared for frank discussions about dementia, hospice, assisted living, and the D word. Older readers will find a wealth of practical suggestions from the authors a couple who, nearing retirement age themselves, amicably confess to having given up spicy wings and to taking a tumble while out conducting their own neighborhood walkability test.