Rhode Island Monthly Independent Living 2014 : Page 2

SPE CIAL AD VER TISING SE CTION M Bay V iew 4380 North Main St. Fall River, MA 02720 Premier Retirement Living • • • • • • • 800–1,200 sf 1 & 2 bdrm. units Fully equipped kitchens Walk-in closets w/ built-in shelving Washer/dryer hook-ups Many units w/ private balconies Many units w/ water views Luxurious outdoor pool No entrance fee required Y ou’ve E arned I t! For more information, please contact: Jill Garvey 508.679.0144 jgarvey@thehomelcc.org –or– Julia Westgate-Lown 508.677.0833 jlown@thehomelcc.org ost seniors would prefer to enjoy their golden years in the homes they’ve made for themselves and their families. While lifestyle choices, such as increased fitness, can make living inde-pendently possible for longer, it isn’t an option for every senior. Dr. richard Bes-dine, director of geriatric medicine at the Brown University Alpert Medical school, says factors including chronic disease and disability can make remaining at home impractical for some. in the past, nursing homes were the only alternative for older Americans, but more families are considering independent and assisted living communities. According to a national survey per-formed by Public opinion strategies and Frederick Polls in 2013, 94 percent of seniors felt satisfied with their overall quality of life in assisted living. today there are nearly 80 million baby boomers who are beginning to consider not only the best option for their parents, but their own futures as well. While the fastest growing age group in the United states is eighty-five and older, Dr. Phillip G. Clark, director of the rhode island Geri-atric education Center at the University of rhode island, says there are 8,000 people turning sixty-five every day and the most important thing anyone can do is plan ahead. “Don’t be reactive and suddenly realize you can’t live alone any-more,” Clark says. Planning should begin while you’re still living in your own home. some contrac-tors, known as certified aging-in-place specialists, adhere to universal design guidelines established by AArP and the national Association of Home Builders. Universal design is intended to be safe for all ages, young and old, and can allow homeowners to age in place. some pos-sible universal design modifications may include the installation of grab bars, wid-ening doorways, reducing height transi-tions and even switching door knobs to door levers wherever possible. However, at some point, living in your current home may not be your best option. An independent living community, age-segregated living with limited ser-vices, may be an ideal alternative. Bes-dine says most seniors who choose inde-pendent living do so as a way for them to age in place. “i think it is people finding that where they are living is unlikely to be 112 RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY l MARCH 2014

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