Monday, July 06, 2009

Essentials of Successful Aging

The head of the Watergate Initiative has written a one-page guide to successful aging. I have permission to post it here. I found it terrific.

http://www.greatbooks.org/THE WATERGATE INITIATIVE/NETWORK

Making Your Good Life Even Better


FROM HERE TO THERE


Whether you live in a city, a suburb, or a rural area – you will benefit by having
these qualities in your life, if you want to stay in your home, and not move to an
institutional environment.

1. People: People who you are committed to help when they need it – and --
people whose help you will accept when you need it. Each of us needs to be part
of a defined group in our geographic location -- a Network builds bonds on a daily
basis, weaving an intimate thread of community.


2. Information. The world is changing quickly – we need to be informed so we
can take care of ourselves and respond to the changes. We need information on
medical services and reverse mortgages, and recommendations on everything from
plumbers to contractors. We need to know what’s happening in our neighborhoods
and our local government. We need different kinds of help -- from a drive to the
doctor to spreading the word on our yard sale. We need information on support
groups from caregivers to cancer survivors.


3. A health care team standing by to help you when you need it – for services
beyond what your own doctor provides. That team includes a Home Care
Company, a Geriatric Care Manager, and a Hospice with its Palliative Care
doctors. It certainly includes your local Hospital, with which you can work to
create new programs specific to your Network members.

Take care,


Patricia Moore

(Mrs. Arthur Cotton Moore)

Founder: The Watergate Initiative + TWI/Network

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