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Living at Home: Best way to create future - live it

Judi Frye

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."

I've seen this quote twice in just the last couple days so I'm taking it as a sign and giving it some more thought. It is a rather simple quote that packs a powerful punch in so many ways. While the young may not give it as much thought, the older generations can benefit from giving these words greater thought as we journey through our own aging process.

How do we make a new ending?

Where do we start?

Start by taking a look at your surroundings. Is your home "user friendly"? Do you have clutter or throw rugs that can cause you to trip or stumble? Do you have grab bars to help prevent a fall in the bathroom? Do you have stairs going into your home that could someday be an issue if they aren't already?

Having your home prepared can result in reduced falls and earlier returns from unexpected hospitalizations or rehabs. Grab bars and railings are modest investments (Living at Home can help with these) and removing throw rugs costs nothing.

Healthy eating habits along with strength and flexibility are the most important factors you control about your own future. Good nutrition and exercise is the key to falls prevention and being able to remain in your own surroundings. If you are not exercising already, now is the time to get started. Simple stretching each day can be a huge benefit. There is also good, but less clear, evidence that brain exercise helps avoid or delay the onset of dementia. So, play a game of cards with your neighbor, break out your iPad or pick up a word puzzle book and put your brain to work!

Do you remain active in your community? One basic example of community programming is Living at Home. Prototypes similar to the Living at Home program are popping up around the nation - with good reason. People are taking the reins of their own lives and concerns and acting on them. 

If you don't need the services of Living at Home yet, then get involved by becoming a volunteer.

Lastly, support the local business and organizations that provide services in our community. Nothing speaks louder than dollars to sustain what works and provides value.

The ball is in your court. The best way to create the future is to live it.

Living at Home -

Your "hub" for finding

senior services.