Aging in Place
Historically, senior citizens, particularly those who require extensive care, needed to move to assisted living residences or nursing home environments in order to ensure that they received the appropriate treatment, and had access to educational and recreational services.
Today, advances in both medicine and technology are making it possible for the elderly to “age in place”, remaining in their own homes while securing the necessary services, even as their health deteriorates or as their care requirements change. In fact, according to SeniorResource.com, more than 70 percent of seniors currently grow old in the same residence where they celebrated their 65th birthday.
Aging in place is very important for a variety of reasons. First, moving is a stressful event, one that can be even more harrowing for someone with health issues. Second, many independent living and assisted care facilities are quite expensive, and Medicare and Medicaid often cover only a portion of the bill. And third, many communities for seniors are located far from friends and family members, making the move a lonely and upsetting endeavor.
The concept of aging in place is not only beneficial to the senior citizens themselves, it offers significant advantages to the communities in which they reside. For example, seniors have more free time than younger residents, allowing them to serve as volunteers in local programs designed to enhance the neighborhood. Additionally, since a greater percentage of their financial assets are “disposable”, and they can shop during the day while others are at work, they have a greater impact on the success of local stores and businesses.
However, aging in place presents many challenges. Transportation, accessibility to recreational activities, and many of the other resources the elderly rely on are scarce due to budget constraints. Additionally, aging in place forces seniors to be more independent, and play a more active role in their own care. For example, nurses won’t be available to remind patients to take medication when needed.
RememberItNow! provides seniors with a wide variety of services that make it easier for them to successfully age in place. Calendars with dynamic alerts help them remember when to take medications, or when scheduled appointments with physicians are approaching. A simple tool allows them to organize and retrieve important contact details, so they can reach out to doctors, pharmacies, and others whenever they need. And secure information-sharing allows caregivers, family members, and practitioners to participate and assist in the patient’s care, even if they are hundreds of miles away.
RememberItNow! helps senior citizens remain self-sufficient, and be more proactive when it comes to managing their own healthcare activities.
To learn how RememberItNow! can be a valuable tool for seniors who are looking to remain in the own home, visit our Web site at www.rememberitnow.com.