As the baby boomer generation (consisting of over 78 million people born between 1946 and 1964) face their senior years, they must face realistic expectations for their future. A study on aging trends by the New England Home Healthcare Consortium (NEHHC), found that over half of all surveyed participants fear outliving their savings. Boomers believe they will have to work longer, and even those with considerable earnings and assets are still leery there will not be enough money in the end. The second most prominent worry was not being able to care for themselves as they advance in age. The desire to remain at home is a common thread for many people, as prospective clients currently searching for home care for Maine residents know.
To ensure that they will be able to remain at home, many people are taking advantage of the latest health trends to tackle any health concerns they may have, before more serious problems develop. More people are eating healthier, drinking nutrient filled shakes, and starting up exercise routines to keep the body strong. A visit to your local gym will verify just how many older adults are taking their health seriously due to the fear that otherwise they could find themselves in a nursing facility away from their family, friends, and the comforts of home.
For people that choose to stay in the home they have lived in for years, technology is a growing benefit. Skype and Facebook allow them to stay in touch with family and friends, and offer a way for loved ones who may live far away to check in on them. Health monitors, emergency response services, and other health related alarm systems also help to increase confidence about living on one’s own.
Other seniors, who may either be uncomfortable living alone or are unable to provide adequate care for themselves, often elect to move in with a child or other family member. Though not in their own home, this transition offers the same positive aspects, with the addition of more constant companionship. In the event that assistance for the person is needed, home healthcare services can help the individual maintain a high level of independence and dignity. The goal is not to manifest the fear baby boomers have of not being able to care for themselves, but to give them the resources to continue living a fulfilling life without being uprooted.
Contact MAS Home Care of Maine today to learn more about the benefits of home healthcare. Call our Northern Main office at 207-561-9533 or the Southern Maine branch at 207-591-4457.