Monday, September 17, 2012

Barrier Free Living Tips For All Seniors

What is the number one rule seniors give when asked why they want to stay living within their own home?  Would you be surprised if I told you the main reason is so that they do not want to live with anyone or anywhere that they aren’t living by their own rules. If you or your loved one is in that group of seniors looking to stay independent and continue to live by their own rules this article will give you some insight on changes to consider in the home.  

It is important to consider all aspects that will affect the quality of life individuals lead in regards to their safety, comfort and accessibility given that their mobility will become limited and may need to accommodate a walker or wheelchair in the future.

Entryways and thresholds are an important aspect in getting around and in and out of the house.  First consider the entrance to the home.  Are there steps that present an obstacle?  If so how many steps are there?  A fair amount of aging adults add a wheelchair ramps on to existing porches to ease the entry and exiting of the home.  Aluminum handicap ramp installers can add ramps on to most an existing space to add safety to coming and going once mobility is limited to wheelchairs, walkers or just to ease the wear knees take using steps.  

Look at the entry to the garage and the amount of room for exiting the vehicle.  An automatic garage door opener should be put into place for ease of use and security.  Having a garage that is accessed via remote allows for the senior to enter the garage without exiting the car and then close the garage before exiting the car.  This offers security and convenience to aging adults.

Another space to consider is the bathroom.  So many age in place modifications can take place to make the bathroom a safer place for individuals loosing mobility and muscle control.  Grab bars are an essential in the shower and around the toilet area.  If possible a barrier free shower should be installed that allows access without having to step over a barrier.  Also increased toilet height makes it easier to get on and off of the toilet for individuals with weaker muscles.

Bedrooms are a place where extra space and a minimalistic approach to furniture should be taken.  A bed with ample space on either side and of the bed to get in and out easily and have room for walkers and wheelchairs once they are needed, if they are needed.  Make sure lighting is well within arm’s reach and that the closet and drawers have pulls which allow them to be easily opened.  

Check the outside of the house as well.  Make sure lawn care is easily maintained or hire a company that can come in and take care of these jobs when it becomes too much to handle and take care of properly.  In a recent study taken by the AARP, eighty two percent of individuals want to remain within the comfort of their own homes for as long as they possibly can.  If you or someone you love wants to stay living in their home these tips and more can make the home the safest possible place for aging.

Helping Seniors Age With Grace

The key to aging is an old age mystery to many including how to go about it gracefully without becoming needy upon others.  Many people fail to do this for one reason or another.  Sometimes illness strikes, often times an injury happens and frequently aging just becomes overly strenuous for individuals.  The secret is to manage aging with grace and dignity all while keeping yourself happy, healthy and living independently.  In the article below you will find some tidbits to help you along the way.

The first tip is to start with your home.  I know this is a weird aging tip however this is one that will truly pay off in the long run saving you on accidental falls and independent living.  This process should start when as you remodel the home you are in as your children start leaving the nest.  

When you begin to start remodeling spaces throughout the home start putting in place age in place solutions such as barrier free showers and increase doorways widths.  This will benefit you as it becomes necessary to use devices to help your mobility such as walkers and wheel chairs.  Simple steps such as removing throw rugs can help prevent tripping. All these steps help with aging mobility and keeping you safe as you age. Age in placeremodeling is my number one tip to staying youthful and preventing aging disabilities.

Another thing you can do to help slow down aging or make it more bearable is to keep fit and remain active.  Not only will remaining fit and active help with the challenges in mobility as we age but also will help keep your mind focused.  Exercise also helps to keep you feeling well and looking your best at any age but is especially important in the aging process.   Pick one activity you love, maybe it is hiking or playing tennis and get out there and enjoy it with friends.

Eating right is another huge step in the right direction to help individuals age well.  Choose foods with increased vitamins and substantial quality staying away from sugar and foods with a high fat content.  Think about possibly growing your own garden.  Organic food is incredibly healthy and gardening is a terrific way to stay youthful and active.

One part often overlooked when it comes to aging is mental stability.  This is so important when it comes to aging.  Mobility is needed but without your mind being healthy life becomes increasingly difficult.  This can be accomplished in a variety of ways.  Many people start doing puzzles and playing games that involve strategy.  Starting hanging out with the grandkids as they play the wii.  The wii is a terrific console that combines the mind and body.  Keeping your mind sharp will help you through the aging process as well.

The last thing we want as we age is to become a burden to ourselves, our family or our friends.  It is important to age with dignity and to keep independent for as long as one possible can.  This presents a variety of challenges, some of which I addressed above, that can be conquered with the motivation to age gracefully.