Senior Citizen's Guide to Philadelphia and Suburbs Fall/Winter 2014 - 15 - page 14

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Agingwith independence
and dignity is the ability to
live life to its fullest in
the place you call home,
regardless of age, illness
or disability. While we all
like to picture ourselves
growing older in a healthy
way, the reality is that 70
percent of people over the
age of 65 will need help
with daily activities at some point
in their lives—for an average of
three years.
The f irst step is to build a
plan that preserves your choices,
independence and dignity, even
when you need some help to
do so. The next step is to start
conversations with the people
around you about what you want
and what is important to you.
Below are 10 key areas of
conversation that can help you
begin planning for the future you
want as you grow older:
1. The most important things
in your life that define
who you are:
Consider the
activities in life that are most
significant to you, such as
spending time with your loved
ones, your favorite hobbies,
religious or spiritual beliefs,
cultural preferences.
2. Your legacy of values:
Think about how you want
to be remembered in years
to come by loved ones and
future generations. Consider
your life’s lessons, values,
hopes and dreams. Recording
these thoughts to share with
your loved ones is called an
“ethical will.” An ethical will
can help you put your life
into perspective.
3. Where you wish to live:
Consider whether your
current home is the best place
for you over time. Think
about the size and layout of
your home and the required
upkeep as well as any changes
that might need to be made
as you age. Also, consider
whether you will have the
option to live with other
family members or friends as
your needs change.
Aging with Independence and Dignity
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The first step is to build a
plan that preserves your
choices, independence and
dignity, even when you need
some help to do so.
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