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Common Problems for Aging in Place

Aging inevitably brings certain changes and challenges for everyone, though the details will vary from person to person. Some of these changes present difficulties that can be readily overcome with a few minor adaptations, other are more impactful. N3 can help Indianhead and Lehigh neighborhood seniors with some of these challenges, and there are many other organizations that can help as well.

Mobility Issues

Driving is an inherently dangerous activity that becomes more dangerous with age.

Here is some information about how car manufacturers are incorporating new safety features that may help seniors be able to drive more safely and longer. Driving While Elderly

Here is some information about a Florida program that offers seniors an online refresher course on traffic safety. Florida mandates that car insurance companies offer a discount on insurance premiums for those who successfully complete the course. Safe Mobility for Life

For those who are no longer able or willing to drive, there are a number of other options. N3 helps organize volunteers who can run errands for or with Indianhead and Lehigh neighborhood seniors. Our Services

Tallahassee utilities offers the Helping Hands Program for those who are unable to roll their bins to the curbside, at no additional cost for those who qualify. Trash Pickup

Many businesses responded to the challenges of COVID-19 by offering and streamlining their delivery services. Mail Order Food Delivery Grocery Delivery Getting Takeout Free Drugstore Delivery

Safe Homes

The home is the most common location for accidents and injuries. Many seniors experience physical deterioration that makes some ordinary activities more hazardous. Many minor hazards can be eliminated or mitigated, and some services exist to help with this process.

AARP suggests some simple things like reducing tripping hazards and adding grab bars. They also offer suggestions for hiring contractors for more extensive remodeling, if necessary. Safety Tips for Caregivers

The University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology offers an interactive resource for making a home safer and more supportive for a lifetime. Lifetime Home

Many companies have redesigned products to make them safer or more convenient for seniors. Kitchen tools with larger handles may be easier for those with arthritis, and higher "comfort seating" toilet seats may be easier for seniors.

Disorganization and clutter is a chronic problem for everyone, and many resources and "systems" exist to help us combat it. Sometimes disorganization might become unmanageable and become hoarding. This 2017 article from The New York Times offers a few suggestions for helping a hoarder. This requires creating a NYT login to read. Helping Those Who Hoard

There are also professionals who can assess the individual needs of seniors and also assess the home for necessary or recommended improvements to allow a safer and longer aging in place opportunity.

Health Care

While N3 is not able to provide any help with health care or with referrals to specific health care providers, there are a number of programs that might be useful for seniors.

For help having prescriptions delivered, see: Free Drugstore Delivery

Leon County offers health care for low-income uninsured residents. Learn more here: We Care Program

AARP offers a resource guide to help with planning for long term health care. This is a manual for helping you identify your likely long term care needs. Long Term Care Resource Guide They also offer a guide to help with budgeting for long term care. Budgeting for long term care

End of Life

Wise aging in place also included making plans for and decisions about end of life issues.

Advance health care directives and living wills

Directed giving, wills, avoiding probate

Hospice - Many people who would prefer to die at home can't afford to do so due to Medicare's lack of funding for in-home caregiving support for those on hospice. This thought-provoking article in Health Affairs asks a simple question - why are so many Americans' last days spent in hospitals or nursing homes, where care is more costly, when they'd rather be home? The Hospice Paradox

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