Here Is What You Should Do For Your Aging Parents
In her latest book: Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home, Lynda G. Shrager provides expert advice and tips to help you make home sweet home accident-proof for your aging parents so that you can keep them safe and yourself sane.
Lynda Shrager has seen her fair share of concerned children and stubborn parents over her thirty-seven years as a geriatric rehabilitation expert. She firmly believes that all aging parents can live a rich, fulfilling life in their own home with the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle and the environment in which they go about their life on a daily basis.
About the Author
As an author, Lynda G. Shrager is highly qualified to deliver tips and advice to help those in the fall and winter seasons of life to “age in place”. Her career has taken her on many paths including those of an occupational therapist, social worker, certified aging in place specialist, featured columnist for Everyday Health, professional organizer, geriatric rehabilitation specialist, and author of another book titled: Otherwise Healthy: A Planner to Focus Your Thoughts on Organizing Life after Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Did you know that more than 10,000 people in the United States turn 65 every single day? According to a survey by AARP in 2012, 90% of seniors yearn to remain in their homes where they’ve spent the most memorable and satisfying years of their lives as adults. Unfortunately, these desires are often stifled by the decline of physical and cognitive abilities. This crisis is intensified further by the conflict that often arises between parents and their kids.
Lynda Shrager admits that the act of “aging in place” can be a long and arduous process, but it is her fondest wish that her book will assist everyone in the transition to reach an agreeable resolution to all parties involved. As she states in her introduction on page 3 of Age in Place:
“Remember, your parents are grown-ups and have managed to do a pretty good job progressing to where they are today. They deserve independence, autonomy, and respect. And they, in turn, need to be open to suggestions that will improve chances for preventing falls and promoting safer mobility in and out of their home. Everyone has to give a little. Use this book as the facilitator to get you all through the process to an effective outcome.”
Our Aging Parents Deserve Only the Utmost Respect
Our aging parents are the people who raised us to be the people we are today. Their years of sacrifice must never be taken for granted because they have given us their all including wiping our bums and scraping the bottom of the barrel to ensure that we received a strong education even in the financially lean years. Shame has no place in their senior years. It is now our turn to care for them, but the secret is knowing how to care for them with dignity and respect because no adult wants to be stripped of their independence and maturity.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Helping Our Aging Parents to Age in Place?
One of the top benefits of aging in place is the financial benefit. According to Lynda Shrager, assisted living facilities cost an average of $49,635 annually.
Another benefit of aging in place is the psychological benefit. By aging in place, seniors are allowed to remain socially active in their communities, family life, and established friendships. Often assisted living facilities are the emotional equivalent of a storm that uproots a mighty oak, ripping it out of the soil by the roots until it lies exposed and vulnerable to the elements.
The time-worn floorboards, cherished knicknacks, and scarred tables are all part of the home sweet home your parents have dwelt in throughout every season of life. Often they see no reason why they should have to part with their beloved home in this season. Fortunately, thanks to Lynda Shrager’s clever and insightful tips, they won’t have to move to an assisted living facility for many years to come. Your goal as their child is to make it possible for them to live their life to the fullest with all the familiar comforts of home.
Age in Place offers compassionate, insightful solutions because no one knows and understands seniors better than Lynda Shrager with her professional experience of over thirty-seven years in the field of geriatric rehabilitation. In her book, she addresses the following issues and many more:
- How to assess your parents’ safety hazards
- How to work with your parents to declutter the house
- How to minimize risk by adapting stairs, floors, and more
- How to use organization as a catalyst for discussions
- How to make modifications for cognitive impairment
- How to involve the community in a network of caregivers
- How to organize important documents for easy retrieval
This 204 page book is neatly and concisely divided into twelve chapters detailing the decluttering and modification process of every room in the house followed by the ups and downs of organizing care and assistance for Mom and Dad. This page count includes resources, references, focusheets, and an index all conveniently located in the back of the book.
Lynda gives you a fresh pair of eyes as you mentally walk through your parents’ house in each chapter. Along with the guided walking tour that begins with the house’s exterior, Lynda provides you with a checklist so that you can take it with you to your aging parents’ home and do the walkthrough yourself. She inserts photographs of creative modifications that other aging parents’ and their children have designed to make life easier. Every chapter concludes with practical tips from Lynda’s experience as an occupational therapist, and she sums the chapters up with a customizable plan every family can follow to organize caregiving efforts.
In conclusion, Age in Place is a compassionately written guide to help children and parents navigate the unfamiliar waters of adapting their lifestyle and environment to suit seniors’ final chapters of life in the most safe, comfortable, and efficient method possible. By utilizing Lynda Shrager’s expert tips and tricks, you will be able to rest easy knowing that you’ve given your parents every opportunity to thrive by maximizing their quality of life and minimizing the risks that come with the territory of their golden years.