3 Ways In Home Care Promotes Successful Aging
Today’s post highlights some of the ways our in home care service promotes successful aging for families in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
What is Successful Aging?
According to The Gerontologist, “successful aging” includes three main components (Rowe & Kahn, 1997, p. 433):
- Low probability of disease and disease-related disability
- High cognitive and physical functional capacity
- Active engagement with life
Importantly, “successful aging” is not just about the absence of disease, but more so about the maintenance of functional capacities so that our loved ones can live independently and enjoy life to the fullest.
Promoting Successful Aging with In Home Care
To achieve “successful aging,” Rowe & Kahn (1997) recommend:
- Reducing risk factors for disease and disability in late life. We have long since abandoned the idea that disease and disability are “inevitable, intrinsic” parts of the aging process (p. 434). While disease and disability may be age-related (i.e. they increase with age), they are not age-dependent (i.e. caused by aging itself). And there is plenty you can do to offset your loved one’s risk.Rowe & Kahn (1997) suggest reducing risk by focusing on simple healthy habits like meeting WHO recommendations for weekly exercise, eating healthy foods, and abstaining from smoking and drinking as much as possible. In all these aspects, in home care can help.Our in home care team can reduce your loved one’s risk factors for physical disease and disability by preparing fresh and healthy meals, providing medication monitoring, eliminating safety barriers to exercise, and supporting their efforts to quit smoking or drinking with encouragement and accountability.
- Maximizing cognitive function in late life. A common concern for older adults is that cognitive function will decline as we age, especially learning and short-term memory (Rowe & Kahn, 1997, p. 436). But as with our physical health, mental declines aren’t inevitable. There are lots of lifestyle factors associated with healthy brains later in life.One major predictor of cognitive function is education. This includes both early life education and “life-long intellectual activities (reading, crossword puzzles, etc.) which might serve to maintain cognitive function” (Rowe & Kahn, 1997, p. 436). In other words, you need to take your brain to the gym, and stay consistent as you age.Our in-home care services make it easy. Our companionship carers will challenge your loved one with puzzles, crosswords, and brain games from the comfort of home. We also provide stimulating conversation, whether they like to discuss current events or reminisce about the past. We developed our care services with brain health in mind!Furthermore, our in home care team offers an extra set of eyes and ears to detect any early signs of cognitive decline. And if treatment is needed, we can help with everything from booking the appointment to transporting your loved one there and back.
- Continuing engagement with life. Engagement with life has two major components: maintenance of interpersonal relations and productive activities (Rowe & Kahn, 1997, p. 437).Always Best Care Greater Milwaukee gives your loved one a constant source of interpersonal interactivity. We match all caregivers with compatibility in mind, so that your loved one’s in home care feels more like a visit from a friend than a professional service. Our in home caregivers can also escort and transport your loved one to social events of their choosing, so that they can exercise their brains and engage with friends with total peace of mind.Engagement with life also means staying active and productive in some meaningful sense. But mobility issues, injury, and illness can make it hard to go places and get things done. Here again, in home care can help. Our continuum of care is designed to maximize your loved one’s independence and mobility at every stage of the aging process, so they can engage with the things they love for longer.
Learn More about In Home Care in Brookfield, Wisconsin
At Always Best Care, we provide an unparalleled continuum of senior care programs that assist families in Brookfield, Wisconsin at every stage in the aging journey.
Call 262-721-0765 or visit our website to learn more about the in home care programs available to those in Greater Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. All care consultations are 100% free, with no commitment–we just want to tell you how we can help!
Rowe, J. W., & Kahn, R. L. (1997). Successful aging. The Gerontologist, 37(4), 433-440.