Below is the introduction to my 2nd book
Aging Safely at Home, not in A Home
I am about to release my third “The Hardest Conversation” book on the same topic but it is focused more on adult children help aging parents make some difficult decision.
If you are one of those aging parents ( I know I am) then you will want to read this book while it is free so you will be prepared to have the conversation with your children.
If you are regular to this blog you will have seen some previous writing on the topic, but if not and even if you are, you can get the book FREE (until Aug. 28th) by clicking on the title right here Aging Safely at Home not in A Home
Below is the intro and my rationale for writing the book in the first place.
Aging at home is the wish of most seniors. As I reach my 70s, and after observing how several of my siblings and friends spent the last years of their lives, one of my scariest thoughts is having to live in “A Home” that is any home other than my own. As long as I have my faculties, the place where I want to spend the rest of my life is my own home.
And I believe that I am not alone in this decision. One thing I have learned about that choice is to make it happen requires planning. And I do not mean just making a plan and filing it away for future reference. It means making a plan that is written down, clearly set out, flexible and visible to others.
The pieces of the plan that you work on and implemented every day. I would liken it to a job. Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you don’t have work to do. It doesn’t matter if you are 55 or 75 your new job is working for yourself and making sure that your actions will ensure that job is something you can manage long into the future.
This book is your guide and if you like your instruction manual for doing your job. It isn’t long or complicated. It provides practical steps you can take to ensure your desires, wishes, and decision can be kept as you age. Barring any significant illness, infirmity or disease the steps set out here should be for the most achievable by anyone. One or two may require assistance to get set up after that is simply a matter of implementation and management.
We start looking our lives from the outside to the inside. By that I mean we are going look at those things around us that could challenge our decision to remain in our home as we age. They are things that we may not be aware of. For example, our own homes. Believe it or not, there are things that while they were normal and of no concerns when we were younger can become hazardous to us living in the home as we age. Another key component is our environment. Not such big topic as climate change but significant enough for us to know we need to understand and be aware of the environment around us and our home. Then we will discuss our physical capabilities, how they will change and what that means as we age. One of the critical pieces of being able to remain in your own home will be your willingness and ability to adapt to change. Which speaks to our mental capacity and another topic of another book, so stay tuned.
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