According to AARP, the majority of people age 65 and over prefer to stay in their current home and community.
Advocates say remaining at home in late life has clear advantages that contribute to longevity, including emotional, health, and financial benefits. On the other hand, proponents claim that staying at home contributes to risk factors, such as poor nutrition and isolation.
But a recent study called Blue Zones Project® indicates that longevity is not so much about where you live but how you live. The Blue Zones Project was developed several years ago by a former National Geographic Explorer, Dan Buettner. His book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, reveals areas of the world where people regularly live to 100 years or more. Based on his observations, Buettner identified nine principles of longevity.
Many wellness programs already incorporate some of Buettner’s “power nine,” such as eating well and practicing healthy socialization, but if you are one of many seniors who prefer to age in place —
A few things you can do to help turn your own home into a “Blue Zone”:
- Keep your muscles moving, even in moderation — do simple stretches and take short walks
- Rekindle your sense of purpose and connection to loved ones — revisit hobbies and reach out to friends and family regularly
- Take time to relax and de-stress — consider meditation
- Consider switching to a plant-based diet, if advisable by your doctor, for improved nutrition
If you wish to remain at home, but have concerns about the cost of care or home maintenance, contact Promisor Residential to find out how we can help you “Live Where You Love.”