The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” To age in place gracefully, start thinking about what help you may need in the future. You may not need this help right now, but planning ahead can help you or your family keep living your fullest life.
Talk to your doctor about your health
Start by listing any long-term health challenges or changes to your health that you or your family members might have. Talk to your doctor about how these issues might affect your activities at home as you age. You should be prepared to change your home, if necessary.
Know the ins and outs of your home
Keep track of contacts
Keep a large-type printed list of family and healthcare provider phone numbers and list your medications. This can help if you become disoriented or if a caregiver or friend is there in an emergency.
Build your social group
Don’t isolate yourself, especially in winter. Take advantage of activities in your community, like the library or recreational and senior centers. Many community activities are free of charge or have discounts for seniors.
As a Blue Cross of Idaho member, you have access to Sharecare, a wellbeing app and tool that can help you eat healthier, lower your stress level and get more active. To get the Sharecare app, visit bcidaho.sharecare.com to create your account, download the app and take the RealAge® Test. Do not download the Sharecare app directly from the App Store or Google Play.
Disclaimer: This wellness program is administered by Sharecare, Inc., an independent company that provides health improvement management services to Blue Cross of Idaho members. Sharecare, Inc., does not provide Blue Cross of Idaho products or services and is solely responsible for the health improvement management services it provides.
Posted: December 7, 2022