Today, people over 65 years old have a 25% chance of ending up in a nursing home or long-term care facility. Usually, it’s because they have two or three chronic conditions that no longer allow them to live on their own.
- 72% are women.
- 70% are single: never married, divorced, or widowed with poor family support.
- nearly 50% are over 85 years old.
Here’s a list of the most common reasons people move into long-term care:
- 90% can walk, but need assistance or supervision.
- More than 80% need help with at least three activities of daily living, such as bathing and getting dressed.
- More than 75% find it hard to make everyday decisions.
- 50-70% have dementia.
- 67% have problems with memory, such as not knowing where they are.
- More than 50% have incontinence, either bladder or bowel.
- 50% have difficulty communicating, i.e., being understood or understanding others.
- More than 30% have hearing or vision problems.
- 30% have problematic behaviours, such as wandering, acting inappropriately, resisting care, or being verbally or physically abusive.
Does any of this sound familiar? Do you know someone who was moved to long-term care for any of these reasons? Were you happy with the care they received? Is that where you want to end up?
The main reason people can no longer look after themselves and need help from others is because of poor health. This is something that we can choose to control. Conditions that predispose people to poor health are
- being overweight
- not exercising enough
Did you know that 75% of the factors that determine your health in later life are not the aging process? Rather, they have to do with lifestyle. This means that you have a lot more control over your health and where you end up in later life than you may have thought.
The sooner you start taking action to improve your health, the better you will feel and the more you will reduce your chances of ending up in a nursing home or in long-term care.
Choose healthy aging.
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- Are you seeing signs that this might happen to you too?
- Are you afraid of aging and the declines in health it may bring?
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