WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Most older Americans want to stay in their homes and be independent for as long as possible, but many have not thought about the benefits. the process of fulfilling “old age in place.” A new election was announced.
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans (88%) between the ages of 50 and 80 said living in their homes was important as they grew, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging found.
Nearly half (47%) reported that they had not thought at all and had not considered the steps they needed to take to be able to live safely and comfortably at home in their old age.
“A lot of seniors want to stay at home for as long as possible, but it’s not like most people think a lot about what it means and what kind of ways to prepare,” he said. he is. Sheria Robinson-Lane, an assistant physician with the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and also the author of a report on election information.
The AARP -sponsored poll found that only 1 in 3 middle -aged people and older people (34%) said their home was the ideal model for them to be able to grow old somewhere. Another 47% said so, and 19% said no.
The most common features reported by people in their homes were a bathroom under the floor (88%) and a bedroom (78%).
But after that, it became clear that fewer people were equipped for easy and safe old age.
Only about half (54%) of door frames had room for a wheelchair; 32% had lever -style doors, and 19% had home doors with stairs or ladders.
About 36% of bathrooms have bath chairs or benches or high -rise toilet seats; 32% had seizures, and only 7% had rain without protection.
What if you fell and you were alone?
This is the kind of care that is needed to prevent falls, says Ramsey Alwin, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging.
“The fall was a very stressful place for us,” Alwin said. “Last year, there were more than 3 million fall -related injuries, which resulted in over 800,000 hospitalizations.”
Older Americans may not have had the kind of support and help they needed to stay in their homes.
More than 1 in 4 (28%) said they live alone. 48% said they did not have in their life who could help them if they needed personal care such as bathing and dressing.
On the plus side, most older Americans say they can help with shopping (84%); construction work (80%); take care of their money (79%), and personal care (67%)
But only 19% said they were confident they could pay someone for that help. Nearly two -thirds said they could not afford it.
Alwin said it was not surprising that so many people did not weigh the effects of old age.
“People want to get older in their home but the reality is that they often live on a wage, taking care of diseases related to heart disease and diabetes,” Alwin said. “It’s one foot ahead of the other for a lot of people, just to put out those fires quickly and end the consequences and try to fix their health and well -being.”
As a result, that long -term thinking isn’t often, he said.
“Don’t think about the fact that we all deny our old age, even with our first breath, we really are,” Alwin continued. “We’re an American tradition that denies that fact.”
Robinson-Lane hopes people start planning their passion for the year by making a list of things that are important to them.
“First, think about if your current home is the home you want to grow old,” he said. “And if not, start thinking about where you want to go.”
About 1 in 5 older parents (21%) who said they had moved in the past five years saw the ballot. More than half (52%) moved to a home that was easier to get around; 49% in a small home, and 34% close to families.
When you are in a situation where you want to grow old, you need to look at your home and consider if you have the features you need to stay safe.
Alwin wants everyone – more or less – to do a home security check.
“A few simple questions will help you make sure your place doesn’t fall apart,” he says. “Look at those pieces. That’s the worst part. Think about how you’re using the stairs. Make sure you avoid getting socks on those stairs. You can. add a layer of rubbish or stick to make those stairs smaller. hello again? “
This is the kind of “low sales and no changes that can be made at home to be safe, so you can age with you,” Alwin says.
An older person should also consider if there are rooms on the ground floor that can be used for sleeping and bathing, so the stairs can be avoided as much as possible, Robinson-Lane said.
In addition, seniors should plan for the help they need – list people, businesses and organizations that can help if needed.
Make friends with technology
And, Robinson-Lane added, seniors who want to live in their own comfortable homes may have to be tech-savvy.
There are many voice systems like iHome or Echo devices that allow seniors to call for help without having to remember a phone number, he said. These tools can help people keep food lists or memories of daily activities.
Devices that have gone high-tech, with security features such as stoves that can be used for Wi-Fi and automatic locking, Robinson-Lane added.
But only half of seniors (49%) reported having access to a smart home program. The most common were voice actors (21%); smart thermostats (18%), and door vents (16%).
More than 10% reported having each of the following devices designed for safety: smart fire extinguishers; swimming heat guards; water leak detectors; smart wooden boxes, or emergency response systems.
“There’s a stereotype about old banks that they might not be related to technology, and I think the disease has changed a lot,” Robinson-Lane said. “People need to be comfortable with some technologies like video telephony, but it’s not extended to any of the other ways you can use the technology to help.”
The research was conducted online and over the phone in January and February with an unselected cohort of approximately 2,300 U.S. -year -olds ranging from 50 to 80. small groups.
The National Council on Aging has a Falls Free Checkup tool for your home.
TEACHERS: Law Robinson-Lane, PhD, MHA, RN, assistant professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor; Ramsey Alwin, MBA, president and CEO, National Council on Aging, Arlington, Va .; National Election for Public Health, University of Michigan, April 13, 2022