Aging In An Improved Place

By Gregory Bator, Founder of GracefulAgingTV

Aging in place has a positive ring. We want to remain in our home. We strongly resist the idea of moving to a nursing home or medical setting in our older years.

This steadfast dream of aging in place adopts a stubborn streak too. We like our home just like it is and just like it has always been. It is familiar and comfortable for us. Making changes to our home may be right for others, but not us. Does this sound familiar?

Change carries a fear factor. When family members suggest changes to our house, we bristle. We know what works for us, don’t we. What right does anyone else have to tell you what to do? You have made your home work for you or so we want to believe.

Then there is that little voice in our head that questions our practices. Is the towel rack smart to use when getting up from the commode? Don’t you wish the light switch were on top and the bottom of the stairs? Is getting to the basement for laundry harder? Are you tripping on the entry ways? Do you wish there were a railing on both sides of the steps? Are we afraid that making these changes will signal our house is unsafe? Will it have a domino effect and lead us right out of our house?

Aging in place is a misnomer. Aging in an improved place makes more sense. Homeowner improvements were commonplace occurrences as we raised our families. We put child locks on the cabinets, gates by the stairs, monitors in the rooms, lights in the reading areas, and more. Why would we stop making homeowner improvements when it comes to ourselves as we age?

Aging in an improved place is an active process. If we are determined to fulfill our dream of staying in our own home as we age, we must take a series of small steps. These steps are selfish. We must make our homes safe and comfortable for our advancing age. We must be smart for ourselves. Our little voice in our head is trying its hardest to protect our dream.
Procrastination is the second hurdle past obstinacy in the race to age in an improved place. Yet, that little voice tells us we should get brighter light, that the door knob would be easier with a handle, to add solid grab bars in the shower, and more. We’ll get to it we say, it’s a good idea, we don’t disagree. Soon, we say. Why is it that we wait to twist our back, fall, or worse?

Our guests in this week’s show are two national leaders on aging in place. Louis Tenenbaum, from Maryland is a former carpenter and contractor. Mr. Tenenbaum holds a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) certification. Patrick Roden, from Oregon is also our show guest. Mr. Roden is an R.N. with a Ph.D. who holds a CAPS certification. These experts have years of experience helping individual families, builders, developers and communities set the stage for folks to remain safe and comfortable in their own homes.

In this episode our experts show numerous ways to make our homes safer and more comfortable. They push us all to answer those little voices in our head for our own benefit. Making improvements to our own homes is smart, inexpensive, and the best way to fulfill our dream to live at home as we age. Join us in this engaging show. This may be the best 30 minutes you spend to keep your house your castle. Age in an improved place.


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Posted on October 9th, 2012 in category: Ask Graceful Aging, Home Safety, Personal Safety, Safety with the tags: , , ,

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