“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ― Sophia Loren
Gerontology and Biogerontology:
Are the sciences that study the aging process to prevent age-related disease and degeneration, preserve health, and prolong human life.
The National Institute on Aging is a great resource to learn more.
According to the Global Again and Health Report:
“As both the proportion of older people and the length of life increase throughout the world, key questions arise. Will population aging be accompanied by a longer period of good health, a sustained sense of well-being, and extended periods of social engagement and productivity, or will it be associated with more illness, disability, and dependency? How will aging affect health care and social costs? Are these futures inevitable, or can we act to establish a physical and social infrastructure that might foster better health and well-being in older age? How will population aging play out differently for low-income countries that will age faster than their counterparts have, but before they become industrialized and wealthy? This brief report, jointly issued by the WHO’s Department of Ageing and the Life Course and the NIA attempts to address some of these questions, emphasizing the central role that health will play in the coming years.”
The key question you should be asking is how do I best prepare for a long and quality life. Aging in place has proven to provide a high-quality life if properly organized, prepared for, and thought through. How you care for yourself today and how you set up supportive care in the future will make a large impact on the quality of life you live.
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According to NIH: Millions of Americans take care of a friend or family member with a serious health condition. Being a caregiver can be a labor of love, but it can also be stressful. Learn how you can be an effective caregiver while also taking care of yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions About Caregiving:
- I’m new to caregiving. Where do I start?
- How do I help organize important paperwork and get affairs in order?
- How can I help my older parents from afar?
- How can I find caregiving resources in my area?
- How do I choose a long-term care facility?
- How can we pay for long-term care?
- Can I get paid to take care of a family member?
- How do I make an older person’s home safer?
- How can I talk with an older person’s doctor?
- I’m overwhelmed and exhausted. How can I get a break from caregiving?
- What do I do if I suspect an older person is being mistreated?