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Introduction
What is the Goal of AIP
Aging in Place is a conscious decision to live and age where you choose, for as long as you are able to safely maintain the comforts important to you. This includes having services, care and needed support in your residence. Needs may change over time and as you age, including adding supplementary services to facilitate your living condition and maintain your quality of life.
 
Your goal should also be to maintain and/or improve your quality of life. In order to do that, a good plan that focuses on your quality of life and covers your self, home, finances, care and other items should be created as early as possible. This plan should be maintained over time as your situation changes.

What are the challenges? What should I plan for?
Aging brings changes to everyone.  Even with the best diet, exercise routine, an active social life and intellectual stimulation, our bodies and capabilities change. Some potential challenges are:
  • Reduced vision
  • Reduced muscle mass causing less strength and endurance.
  • Reduced mental processing capabilities
  • Increased risk of illness
  • Higher risk of accidents due to bone fragility, less balance while walking
  • Reduced hearing capacity
  • Decreased mobility & agility
  • Decreased flexibility
These changes affect our daily activities, collectively called Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Common examples of ADL are:
  • Ability to go out and come back home without incidents or anxiety
  • Taking public transportation easily and without mishaps
  • Be able to drive safely, navigate congested roads, confusing exits and highways
  • Attend social events without difficulties
  • Move around and maintain your home and outdoors easily without strain
  • Take care of your health, which includes being able to do chores necessary to eat healthily do regular fitness or exercise routines without hardship
  • Finding satisfying social and cultural experiences
Why choose to remain living in your current environment?
There are many benefits:
  • Maintaining a greater degree of personal independence & more control over one's living situation.
  • The comfort of remaining in a familiar setting with familiar daily routines.
  • Avoiding the physical and emotional toll of moving to a new environment.
  • Saving money. Staying in one's home is typically less expensive, even with the cost of modifications to make living at home safer.
What are some of the questions I should be asking? Throughout our AIP Guide we’ll provide check lists to deal with the following questions.
  • What is the ideal way for me to spend my retired years?
  • Where & what type of home environment do I see myself in - individual, community, assisted?
  • How can I afford to stay in my home and maintain it without financial or physical strain?
  • What special health care do I require or think might require?
  • What do I need to do to make my home a safe environment?
  • How do I take care of my health and get regular exercise?
  • How can I get around or travel without incidents or anxiety?
  • What financial resources are needed to maintain my present lifestyle?
  • How can I keep a social life and make new connections?
  • What sources will there be for entertainment and learning?
  • Will caregiving be needed for me or my spouse?
  • How can technology assist?
  • What other types of supplementary services might I require?
  • What options have I provided for in case of emergencies, life changing events, accidents?


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