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Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety and Style von Adelson, Rachel (eBook)

  • Erschienen: 15.01.2013
  • Verlag: Sage Tree Publishing
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Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety and Style

This practical, problem-solving guide empowers aging adults to make their homes safer, more comfortable and livable, by themselves or with help from friends, family members and professionals. Combine the latest insights into aging with expert-approved, easy-to-follow age-proofing instructions. Don't bust your back or your budget. Instead, make simple changes that help prevent falls and fires, make things easier and more comfortable, allow you to stay fit and productive. Kick-start any age-proofing project with handy checklists and shopping lists, research what's next and what's out there with a lengthy appendix of U.S. & Canadian resources. The author's an experienced health and science writer who studied Aging and Public Health, certified fitness instructor qualified to teach older adults, and a Baby Boomer who puts friction tape on her stairs.

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    Größe: 3523kBytes
    Herausgeber: Sage Tree Publishing
    Sprache: Englisch
    Seitenanzahl: 240
    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    ISBN: 9780987813619
    Erschienen: 15.01.2013
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Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety and Style

Introduction

Aging: A New Look at an Old Story

F or less than the cost of a jar of wrinkle cream, you can get this book and actually do something proven to fight aging.

This handbook on healthy, productive aging at home is for you if, like me, you are a baby boomer or someone in the "sandwich generation" who wants to help your parents or other older relatives, friends or neighbors live independently with dignity in their own house or apartment.

It's also for you if you contemplate having, or already have, older relatives living with you or you live with them. Whether you worry about falls and fires, or simply want to make it easier for your loved ones to carry out their normal daily activities, you've come to the right place.

This book is for you, too, if you are noticing that life at home isn't as easy as it used to be, and you want to make it work again. Or you are planning ahead, hoping to prevent the injuries and discomfort you've seen other people suffer.

Whether you want to make changes for your own sake or for those you care about, more power to you for facing the need for change forthrightly.

Finally, this book is for the decorators and interior designers, handymen and contractors who work with older people and are in perhaps the best position to help them be safer and more comfortable. Many of you, I've found, take an active interest in this subject - whether it's because you're getting older, you also have parents aging at home, you know it's a growth market or you just plain care about your clients.

Real-estate professionals will find this book useful to help people decide whether to update or sell their homes, and to find new homes that better suit their needs. Geriatric care managers and social workers, home-health aides, occupational and physical therapists, and agencies that specialize in seniors will also find this material of interest.

Staying Power is a response to dramatic growth in the older population. As a society, we are just beginning to experience what it means to have and to house so many old, even very old, people - and we and they are not all going into assisted living, senior housing, retirement communities or nursing homes.

Most people live in their own homes by definition, whether it's the house in which they raised their kids or a post-downsizing house, townhouse, condo or apartment, owned or rented, developed for and marketed to older people or not. Anywhere you hang your hat is home.

Still, as the generation that once baby-proofed its homes prepares to age-proof the same, it needs to know how to respond to an older person's changing needs for comfort and safety, no matter what type of home. And as so many more of us transition into years, even decades, of potentially significant physical, sensory and cognitive change, we need to know how to help ourselves.

Aging: Consider the Alternative

Self-help starts with self-knowledge, and here, we're in luck. Gerontologists - people who study aging - have given us a great deal of information about the aging process.

To begin with, we know that people age in unique ways, influenced by some combination of genes, environment, and personal and social history. Given identical genes, for example, an 85-year-old woman who was a hungry migrant child in labor camps and didn't go past Grade 3 during the Great Depression may age differently than an 85-year-old woman who was well fed and well educated in a stable suburban home during the post-World War expansion.

The aging process varies in other ways, too. We all know people who were "born old" and those who stay perpetually youthful. Even within a single person, biological age might be lesser or greater than chronol

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