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Aging Solo

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February 14th may be Valentine’s Day, but it’s also known by a more cynical name- Singles Awareness Day. While there’s lots of information about aging in place and caregiving, it seems to assume that you have children or other family members to help with your care. If you live alone or don’t have children, what steps can you take to age in place and control your care? 

 

Solo aging, older adults living alone without a spouse or children, is becoming more prevalent. In 2021 the AARP estimated that 12% of older adults aged 50 and over in the United States qualify as solo agers. Solo agers may be divorced or never married, they may not have had children, or their children may live far away. Either way, they live alone and need to be more proactive in their care.  

 

Aging in Place– While most seniors want to remain in their home as they age, it may not be the best option. Take stock of your current living arrangement and ask yourself if it is sustainable or if it would make sense for you to move to assisted living or a facility with a continuum of care. 

 

Get Everything Together– since you may be relying on a paid caregiver or group of friends, make sure they know where to find your important documents. Below is a short list of what to include in your binder. Not sure where to start? Click here for a checklist from AARP 

  • Bills 
    • Create a list of what is due and when 
    • Online accounts and passwords  
  • Medical Information 
    • Allergies 
    • List of your doctors and their phone numbers 
    • List of medications with dosages and what they are for- including over the counter medication 
    • Insurance information 
    • Upcoming appointments  
  • Home 
    • Important contact information (e.g., gutter cleaner, electrician, etc.) 
    • Mortgage  
    • Insurance  
    • Dates of the last time repairs and maintenance were done (e.g., when the gutters were last cleaned, etc.) 
  • Write down as much as you can now, including your preferences for when you’re older (the Conversation Project has several free guides to help you figure out what you want your aging journey to look like) 

 

Form Your Team 

  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency. 
  • Who can advocate for you in a medical emergency? 
  • Have a backup- what will you do if your go-to person is sick or unavailable? 

 

Look At Community Programs 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, you can view the Senior Resource Connect Online Senior Resource Directory to find resources to help you age in place in your community. 

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