Longevity Network
  • Aug 22, 2018
  • Hilary Lefebvre, The Longevity Network

Q: Where are the pain points for seniors who want to age in place?

Wandering can also be a serious safety challenge for a person living with dementia, and major source of worry for their caregivers. This is difficult during the day, but if this happens in the middle of the night when it’s dark and their caregiver or other family members are asleep, it can be extremely dangerous.

Safety is the biggest concerns for older adults who want to age in place. Houses with slippery flooring, lots of stairs, and lack of railings or grab bars can be dangerous to people with limited physical mobility. Even for a healthy older adult, a fall can be difficult to recover from. And if that adult doesn’t have other people who check in on them regularly, an injury that causes them to lose consciousness or be unable to get to a phone can be truly disastrous.

For seniors who can no longer drive, isolation and lack of transportation can be another concern. Houses outside of urban areas may not have amenities within walking distance, and it may be difficult to run errands or get to medical appointments. If friends and family aren’t nearby, seniors can experience social isolation, which can seriously affect mental health. Some older adults may need to rely on family for caregiving tasks, which can be difficult if family members live further away. Even if one family member such as an adult child lives close to the parent, this can cause tension in families where other siblings too far away to share in the day to day care duties.