Within the last fifty years, modern medicine and abundant nutrition have extended not just the number of years you can live, but the quality of life you can enjoy.
Now most people can expect to live between 85 and 100 years. That’s about 15 years longer than the lifespan expected just a half century ago. By the middle of this century, demographers say one in fifty women (and one in two hundred men) will live to age 100 or more.
It’s time to stop thinking of the golden years as a scary precipice and instead consider them as just a part of our normal lifespan.
Whether a senior enjoys the later part of life depends greatly on the ability to live independently at home with a normal lifestyle – in spite of frailty or chronic illness. That’s why in-home care is becoming increasingly more important as people live longer.
As yourself, “Will I be happy with my style of living during my older years – even if I’m bound to have frailties and illnesses?”
The answer will depend largely upon you and your surroundings. If you move into some form of shared housing, your lifestyle will drastically change.
On the other hand, for those of you who live to 102 and continue to reside in your own home, remaining active and doing what you have always done, the odds are good that you will continue to enjoy life. That, in a nutshell, is why in-home care is such an important idea – now and for the future.