October 28, 2013

Welcome to my new blog about Aging in Place

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Nancy Rosenberg. This is my first post about Aging-In-Place so please be kind. I will attempt to draw on my experiences as an occupational therapist and a baby-boomer to explore a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: health, safety, aging, home and community accessibility, equipment, travel and hobbies. Whether you grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, The Platters, Dion, Sam Cooke, Elvis, Bob Dylan, The Beatles or the Jackson Five, I hope that we can have a conversation. I would love to hear from you, and I would be happy to get feedback about topics that may interest you.

Planning Ahead!

If you are like most of the people I know, you’ve planned for your educational needs, your career, your family’s many needs, your vacations, your pets’ needs, your health care and your retirement . Have you thought about what some of your or your parents’ needs will be with regards to living comfortably and safely as you age? If you are a baby boomer, it’s not too early to think about :

1.whether your current home will meet your needs as you go forward in life
2.whether you may want or need to have multiple generations living in one home you might safely welcome guests who are in a wheelchair
4.whether you would prefer to stay in your current home or move to a 55+ community, condo or apartment you might assist parents or family members to make these decisions

Sometimes we have the luxury of planning and sometimes life throws us a curveball and we have to respond quickly . Planning brings the future into the present so we can be positioned to accomplish our goals and best meet life’s challenges .

There are many resources available for use in planning for homes that will meet our present and future lifestyle needs. AARP, National and Local Homebuilders’ Associations, Interior Designers , Kitchen and Bath Remodelers, and the American Occupational Therapy Association are but a few of the possible resources.

For now, consider this…. a home that is visitable by all will have at least one floor that has accessible entrance, powder room , hall and visiting space. That’s all for now.

October 28, 2013