Aging with Choice

By Marcy Shoemaker

We live in a society that worships youth. The process of aging is inevitable and is an individual process. It may affect one individual when she can no longer play a sport due to chronic pain, another when faced with thoughts about downsizing to a smaller home or still another when discussing how and where to receive healthcare services. One common thought expressed by many individuals during these transitional situations is that they fear the process of aging may restrict their ability to make choices and live independently. 

Unfortunately, as a society, we do not focus on the positive aspects of aging. According to Dr. Gene Cohen, M.D. Ph.D., from his book The Creative Age, we have “a host of positive changes that open up as new opportunities as we age. It may be easier to define problems and come up with creative solutions.” He emphasizes the ongoing development of creative ability and life- long dreams by pointing out the successes of Golda Meir, Gandhi, Socrates, and many poets and mathematicians who achieved their dreams later in life. The senior years are a time to pursue passions and find new purposes in our life. 

Fortunately, we live in a time period where technology, many alternative healthcare services, good educational material, and living options give individuals many choices and options as they age. Our goal is to help you remain as independent as you desire for as long as possible by providing up-to-date educational information, resources and advice through our Care Advisor line at 215-371-3400 or toll free at 888-340-0080 and our blogs. There are many services including home care, adult day programs, home monitoring devices, and ways to communicate to your physicians, friends and family members from the comfort of your home which can aid you in remaining independent and help you continue to pursue your life’s passions. 

An important message to continually tell yourself and your loved ones is that there are many different choices. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend, religious advisor, or trained senior care advisor who may not be emotionally involved in the situation.

Thank you for reading our blog! In two weeks, we will explore the importance of staying hydrated during the sunny summer months.

Stay healthy and age with choice!