AARP research indicates that more than 80 percent of adults 45 and over are planning to live at home as they grow older, but also highlighted the fact that many Americans are still unprepared for aging in place.
This is becoming an issue in families across the country as adult children begin to worry about the welfare of their parents, especially if seniors often require assistance with day-to-day activities. Karen, who did not give her last name, knows about this situation firsthand.
"It's challenging trying to find enough time to do 'everything' like keeping up with work, while meeting the needs of your loved ones," she told EMC News. "And these primary needs have a wide range, from monitoring the proper use of medication to scheduling and attending appointments. You become so protective of your parent that you forget that you are dealing with an autonomous and intelligent adult."
The key may be providing seniors with a way to keep safe and independent. Installing a senior alert system in a home can enable older adults to immediately send a personal emergency response message if they suffer an unexpected injury.
The news source suggests reviewing a house accordingly and trying to renovate it to make it more age-friendly.