Aging In Place – How Woke Are You?
The Future of Aging
If you think of aging in place on the top of your list might be your health. Next, perhaps your home. However, what’s missing are those in people to help you age in place. Early on in my gerontology career, I saw one of the first disconnects in how we view the future. Many of us believe we live independent lives. However, I believe we live interdependent lives. Each of us relies on others for our well being. Take for examples those who are employed rely on their employers. While individuals who provide services rely on their clients. Ultimately we depend on one another.
Are You Woke?
To successfully age in place will require each of us to get woke. To understand, accept, and embrace one day we too will be older. Accepting aging truly requires all of us to be woke to the fact we all age. By accepting the fact at age 30 one day you will one-day be age 65, and quite possibly age 95. The future of aging similar to technology cannot be predicted by what we know in 2017. However, by being aware of aging we can influence the choices and policies we make.
At the present time, I am the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. When you think of older adults do you see America’s largest resource? I do. With this in mind, I combined my background in business with a desire to influence aging in America. For this reason, I was the first Gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Additionally, it’s why I wrote Freewheeling After Sixty. It’s the first book to empower older adults about their transportation choices.