As people age, the hope is that their lives become easier. Retirement is anxiously awaited as a time to relax. The “Golden Years” can be the best of times in life, but it isn’t without concerns that are specific to the elderly.
- HEALTH CARE
Aging often brings a need for more medical care that negatively affect the retirement budget
Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Cataracts, Muscle Degeneration and Osteoporosis and other conditions that threaten day-to-day functions
- PHYSICAL AGING
Aging causes a slowing of movement and reaction time; sight decline weaker bones.
The older a person becomes the greater the need for regular exercise
- PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE
Shopping, doctor appointments, house cleaning all become more difficult, where and how do you find good help?
- FINANCIAL SECURITY
The rising cost for everything on affixed income, will it last?
Loss of friends through death, disease, and relocation creates a sense of being alone, very crucial for time with family, activities, socializing and helping to provide a means to make new friends
- FINANCIAL PREDATORS
Many unscrupulous people preying on the elderly. Important to never give any personal financial information to anyone over the phone.
- ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Facilities are understaffed and frustration can lead to neglect or abuse, the same can be said of a family caregiver
Decline in vision and reaction time can, and often does, lead to unsafe driving
Identifying public transportation, senior center transportation, etc. is a very good alternative
Many businesses now have delivery services
- CHANGES IN SOCIETY
Technology may very well be the biggest social hurdle for seniors
Many local libraries have computers and offer training